Food Truck Owner Takes Battle Against Chicago Ordinance To Appeals Court
The owner of a cupcake food truck is taking her battle against Chicago’s food truck ordinance to the Illinois Appellate Court. Laura Pekarik has been fighting the city’s food truck ordinance since 2012. Last year, a cook county judge upheld the city’s law, which prohibits food trucks from operating within 200 feet of brick and mortar restaurants and requires food trucks to be equipped with GPS tracking devices. Pekarik says the rule gives an unfair advantage to restaurants. A lawyer for the city says the law helps balance competition between businesses, and that Chicago is well within its rights to do so. Both sides argued today in front of a three-judge panel. Pekarik’s lawyer says he expects it will be a few months before a decision is made.