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Illinois Supreme Court hears Chicago food trucks case – Chicago Daily Herald

CHICAGO — The Illinois Supreme Court will decide in the coming months if Chicago’s food truck regulations are unconstitutional.

The state’s high court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case that dates back to 2012, The Chicago Tribune reported.


Laura Pekarik, who runs a food truck called Cupcakes for Courage, sued the city shortly after it introduced regulations that require trucks to park at least 200 feet from businesses that serve food and to have a city-monitored GPS device to help facilitate health inspections violates privacy protections, among other things. She says the regulations unfairly suppress competition and favor restaurants.

“What’s right is right, and you can’t protect one industry from another,” Pekarik said.

Chicago officials have said the city has the right to “balance the interests of food trucks and those of restaurants.”

“The purpose is not to suppress competition but to protect the
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