Illinois has a long history of companies associated with asbestos use, including timber, power generation, manufacturing, oil refining, and others. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), it ranks as the 7th state in the United States for the most asbestos-related deaths.
These workers and their families need an experienced Illinois mesothelioma lawyer to help them fight for the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to significant compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in Illinois, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more
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Illinois Asbestos Statistics
- From 1999 to 2013 Illinois had 9,720 asbestos-related deaths.
- Of those deths, 1,876 were from mesothelioma and 364 were because of asbestosis.
- Cook County, home to Chicago, has the highest rate of asbestos deaths in the state.
- In Illinois, amphibole asbestos was used at worksites and in industries far more than any other type of asbestos. Amphibole asbestos has been linked to thousands of asbestos-related deaths.
Major Sources of Asbestos Exposure in Illinois – The Johns Manville Corporation
The Johns Manville Corporation in Waukegan is listed as a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency, a designation that refers to a huge amount of toxic contamination.
Over 3 million cubic yards of products and wastes were dumped at the site, including products containing asbestos. The largest health threat at the site was airborne asbestos fibers.
The site shut down in 1998. Since then, seven locations outside of the site’s fenced area have been found to be contaminated with asbestos. One of the areas was cleaned up by the EPA in 2000 and the rest were cleaned up in the following years. In addition, several wastewater treatment ponds were shut down in 2005. The clean-up is ongoing.
Where Else in Illinois Are People Exposed to Asbestos?
People who worked in oil refineries, steel plants, and power plants in Illinois run the highest risk of developing mesothelioma and/or other asbestos-related diseases.
All standard oil refineries in Illinois have been a part of lawsuits, and almost all power generation plants used asbestos. As a result, some of these workers now suffer from malignant mesothelioma.
Many older, pre-1980s schools, public buildings, and homes were built using asbestos materials. As the buildings get older, the risk for mesothelioma cancer grows higher. Teachers, administrators, other employees, students, and residents in these buildings run the risk of exposure.
Illinois Businesses and Buildings with Asbestos:
- Laclede Steel Plant
- Owens-Illinois Plant
- Argo Corn Products Power Plant
- Caterpillar Plant
- Forty-Eight Insulations Plant
- Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Plant
- Humko Oil Plant
- Armour Manufacturing Plant
- Campbell’s Soup Plant
- Continental Can Plant
- Crawford Station Power Plant
- Dresden Nuclear Power Plant
- General Electric Appliance Plant
- Procter & Gamble Plant
- Reynolds Metals Plant
- Southwest Incinerator Plant
- Thomas A. Edison Nuclear Power Plant
- Roth Rubber Plant
- Quad City Nuclear Plant
- Baldwin Power Plant
- Staley Corn Products Plant
- Petro Chemical Plant
- Gainesburger Plant
- Dresden Nuclear Power Plant
- Duck Creek Power Plant
- Peoria Power Plant
- Allis-Chalmers Assembly Plant
- State of Illinois Power Plant
- Buick Jet Engine Plant
- Alton School District
- Belleville Area College
- Belleville East High School
- University of Illinois
- Loyola University
- University of Chicago
- Belvidere Senior High School
- Southern Illinois University
- Hillsboro High School
- Green Street School
- Champaign High School
- University of Illinois
- Waterloo High School
- Newman Grade School
- Milton Elementary School
- Thebes High School (demolished in 2005)
- Magnolia School (demolished in 2005)
- Cairo School (demolished in 2007)
- Humko Oil Plant
- Mobil Oil Refinery
- Clark Oil and Refining Co.
- Pure Oil Refinery
- Shell Oil Co.
- Standard Oil
- Ohio Oil
- Clark Oil
Power Companies (For additional power companies, see also: Plants)
- Baldwin Powerhouse
- Clinton Powerhouse
- Illinois Power Co.
- Jacksonville Powerhouse
- Joliet Power House Tool Inc.
- REA Power House
- Southern Illinois Power Co-Op
- Abbott Power Station
- Bechtel Power
- Edison Powerhouse
- Lakeside Powerhouse
- Waterloo Powerhouse
- Argonne Powerhouse
- Wood River Powerhouse
Illinois Asbestos Laws
The Illinois EPA Asbestos Unit, along with the Illinois Department of Health, enforces laws to protect the public from asbestos fibers and the dangers that come from exposure:
- Homeowners must notify the state within 10 business days of beginning an abatement project and pay all applicable NESHAP.
- Anyone working on an asbestos abatement project must be certified to work around asbestos.
- Homeowners should contact a certified asbestos professional rather than attempt to remove asbestos.
- Building and facilities must be properly monitored at all times during an asbestos abatement project, and large, visible warning signs are required.
- Air samples must be taken to determine the amount of asbestos in the air for every asbestos project.
- Although there are state regulations that are required by everyone working around asbestos, different areas in Illinois, such as Cook County and the city of Chicago, have their own set of rules.
For more detailed information, contact the Illinois EPA Asbestos Unit at 217-524-0229.
Getting Medical and Legal Help in Illinois
Located off of Maryland Avenue in Chicago, the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCC) is a renowned medical center that focuses on treating cancer patients with the most advanced mesothelioma treatments.
With cutting-edge technology and new equipment, UCCC leads as one of the best places for mesothelioma patients to get treatment. It has consistently ranked highly in the U.S. News and World Report’s poll for “Best Hospitals.”
Several cities in Illinois have become well-known for lawsuits against companies that used asbestos. For example, Madison County has handled masses of nationwide asbestos lawsuits. From 1994 until 2009, thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits have been filed in Madison County, and the number continues to grow today.
Illinois Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cases
- Per 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201 et seq., the Illinois statute of limitation mandates that plaintiffs filing a lawsuit for asbestos-related issues must do so within two years of discovering the illness.
- Asbestos wrongful death cases must be filed within two years of the death of the victim.
Getting Legal Assistance in Illinois
If you’ve been a victim to asbestos exposure and suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that you may qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Illinois Mesothelioma Lawyer Jill M. Price
Jill M. Price is a partner with the Flint Law Firm, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. She worked as a teacher before turning to law and specializing in advocating for asbestos victims. At Flint she heads up discovery and asbestos trusts and has been responsible for recovering several millions of dollars in damages for clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses.