- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State inspectors have been deployed to check the rides at this year’s Illinois State Fair.

The Illinois Department of Labor says five inspectors were at the Springfield fairgrounds on Wednesday checking the rides. The department’s ride safety division manager Ryan Culton tells The State Journal-Register (https://bit.ly/1pZfCh8 ) that the inspectors will stay at the fair to make sure rides and riders are safe. The fair’s opening parade on Thursday was canceled because of rain and the ribbon-cutting is Friday.

Officials say the state also is making sure all of the rides are properly permitted to operate in Illinois.

Culton says his office does about 4,000 inspections annually. He says about 1,400 amusement ride companies have Illinois permits.

The office also does background checks on workers operating the rides.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, https://www.sj-r.com

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