Question of the day Can I legally operate a cooking business out of my home? Answer: A new Illinois law creates a category of "home kitchen operators," defined as those who make less than $1,000 from producing food in their own homes to sell by themselves or for a religious or charitable organization. The law authorizes local governments or health departments to inspect a home kitchen operation if there is a complaint or disease outbreak. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.