The home of Abraham Lincoln runs light on state-level governmental controls. Instead, most business licensing is left to the local level, especially in Chicago which boasts more than 70 different business licenses. Outside the big city, counties also play an important role in business governance.
In Illinois, candy shops, Confectioners and Chocolatiers require environmental health licenses usually from counties and cities. However, the exact license type can vary widely with some jurisdictions specially licensing confectioners, while others treat candy like any other packaged retail food. Candy makers can expect to obtain licenses and permits from state, county and city governments.