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Bill would protect children’s lemonade stands

SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — A bill moving through the Illinois statehouse would protect children's lemonade stands from being shutdown because of permit, fees or licensing requirements.

Senate Bill 3459 would eliminate any requirements like that for lemonade or other non-alcoholic beverages for children.

The bill is inspired by 11-year-old Hayli Martinez, who testified in support of the legislation after her lemonade stand in Kankakee was flagged by local officials and shut down.

"My lemonade stand is a dream I shared with my grandma before she passed away. She always told me to make lemonade out of lemons, so I did," Martinez said during her testimony. "When my lemonade stand was shut down I became very upset. I asked myself, 'Why me?' I didn't do anything wrong."

State Sen. Steve Stadelman (D), Rockford, is a sponsor of the bill.

Audrey Moon

Audrey is the news director at 13 WREX. She’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and joined the team at 13 WREX in 2014.

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