Illinois Supreme Court to hear food truck lawsuit against city of Chicago

A Chicago food truck owner who has sued the city over its food truck rules has won the chance to plead her case before the state’s highest court, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear LMP Services Inc. v. the city of Chicago. Laura Pekarik, owner of LMP Services, doing business as the Cupcakes for Courage food truck, sued the city in 2012 when it introduced its food truck laws.

Chicago food trucks must remain at least 200 feet away from restaurants or other businesses that serve food. Pekarik, defended by the Institute for Justice, claims the rule keeps trucks off limits for most of the downtown Loop.

Bill McCaffrey, a city spokesperson, said the city cannot comment on the pending litigation, but noted that the ordinance has already withstood the scrutiny of two courts. 

The case will not be heard until November at the earliest, according to a court spokesperson.

Topics: Food & Beverage, Independent Operators, Legal Issues, Policy / Legislation / Regulation

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