Criminal background checks now required for all amusement park employees

(WICS File photo)

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill to keep people with some criminal convictions from working at carnivals or amusement parks.

The legislation increases the fines for amusement park companies who don’t run criminal background checks for all new employees.

Right now, one ride operators undergo background checks.

The law goes into effect on January 1st.

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