Inspectors ensuring safety of rides and riders at Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD - According to the Illinois Department of Labor, five inspectors have been sent to the Springfield fairgrounds to check the rides at this year's Illinois State Fair.

In addition to making sure the rides are safe, officials say the state is also making sure all of the rides are properly permitted to operate in Illinois.

Ryan Culton, the department's ride safety division manager, says the inspectors arrived on Wednesday, and will stay at the fair to ensure the safety of riders and rides.  Culton also says his office performs about 4,000 inspections annually, and that about 1,400 amusement ride companies have permits in Illinois.

The office also conducts background checks on workers operating the rides.  The fair kicks off with the annual twilight parade on Thursday, and a ribbon-cutting on Friday.

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