‘I am more than willing to go to jail for those little girls’

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Cornel Dardin, president and CEO of the Southland Black Chamber of Commerce, said he heard on social media that the city wanted to shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls, so he reached out to Whitaker.

In response, the Southland Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting a cash mob event from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of McDonough Street and Dewey.

Dardin hopes the public will come out to support the girls, who are now members of the Southland Black Chamber of Commerce, he said.

In addition, Hayli Martenez, 12, of Haylibug Lemonade in Kankakee will also be in attendance, Dardin said.

Hayli began making and selling lemonade in 2017. But news reports said Kankakee city officials shut the stand down in 2019 because she was also making and selling fruit and vegetables smoothies, which do require a permit.

Hayli is also the inspiration for Senate Bill 3459, or Hayli’s Law, which amends the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act.

Under that bill, filed by state Sen. Patrick Joyce, D-Essex, children under age 18 would not need a permit or license to sell lemonade or other non-alcoholic beverage on private property (provided they had permission from the owner) or a public park.

Dardin said adult business owners who are black face discrimination in Joliet, and he wants to support the efforts of young entrepreneurs.
“I am more than willing to go to jail for those little girls,” Dardin said.

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via | The Herald-News

July 14, 2020 at 09:54PM

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