CO-CHAIRMEN: SEN. PHILIP J. ROCK REP. JOSEPH G. SEVCIK
HORACE L. CALVO PETER P. PETERS
DANIEL DOUGHERTY JOHN B. ROE FRANK D. SAVICKAS
GEORGE H. RYAN. SR.
W. TIMOTHY SIMMS JAMES C. TAYLOR
HUDSON R. SOURS JACK E. WALKER
STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATIVE INVESTIGATING COMMISSION
300 WEST WASHINGTON STREET SUITE 414
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60606
TELEPHONE: AREA CODE 312 793-2606
June 29, 1974
LAWRENCE CARR AMUSEMENT COMPANY
HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
This is the Commission's report of its findings, conclusions, and recommendations relative to House Resolution No. 5, sponsored by Representative W. Joseph Gibbs, and adopted on June 21, 1974, by the Special Session of the Illinois General Assembly.
The Commission was mandated to investigate the advisability of having the Lawrence Carr Amusement Company (Lawrence J. Carr Shows) perform at the Illinois State Fair from August 8, 1974, to August 18, 1974, in the light of a fatal accident which occurred on June 16, 1974, at Charlestown, Massachusetts, involving a Hurricane amusement ride operated by that Carr Company and other reported accidents in other parts of the country involving that company's rides.
The Commission was first apprised of the Resolution on June 24, 1974, which instructed us to submit a final report on or before June 30, 1974. Because of the time limitation, the Commission interrupted its other pending investigations and assigned all of its personnel to this matter. Most of our inquiries were with organizations and persons beyond Illinois. We, therefore, conducted many interviews by long distance telephone calls.
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