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, an increasing number of single-parent and two-parent working families has turned child daycare into a big business. However, states, counties and cities take the welfare of children seriously. Daycare owners and workers must undergo background investigations and in many cases mandatory training courses. Governments license both home daycares and daycare facilities, making sure that health and safety standards are met.