Rockford Fire Inspector Frank Schmitt says these inspections were planned prior to the Chicago and Rhode Island tragedies. Bar patrons say they couldn't have come at a better time.
Rockford Fire and Safety inspectors are taking this issue seriously. Six inspectors made rounds to 30 Rockford area bars this weekend and nightclub patrons are taking notice.
Local bars are feeling the heat during the inspections and are taking steps to ensure that their establishment lives up to code.
Inspectors say there was some overcrowding issues, but nothing that isn't easily taken care of. If a bar is issued a citation they can range anywhere from $50 to $700 a day per violation.