DeKalb, Illinois

DeKalb, Illinois can be found on the banks of the Kishwaukee River in Northern Illinois, surrounded by rolling hills of the prairie. The city is named after Johann DeKalb, a decorated German war hero who died during the American Revolutionary War. In 1856, with a population of just under 2,000, DeKalb became an incorporated city.

Since its founding in 1837, DeKalb’s economy has centered on agricultural industries. Farmers experienced increasing success when the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company came to town, offering farmers trouble-free shipping and access to larger markets. In the late 19th century, a farmer who cultivated osage orange hedges noticed the thorns made them effective as cattle fencing and subsequently, invented barbed wire and founded the Jacob Haish Company. With a growing, profitable community in place, education was introduced to DeKalb’s landscape; the Northern Illinois State Normal School was founded in 1895. The school is now known as Northern Illinois University and is the second largest in the state. Other companies that operated in DeKalb include the Wurlitzer Company and American Steel and Wire Company. Current top employers in the city are Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee Health System.

As a result of DeKalb’s manufacturing history, asbestos in the workplace has been a problem for many years. Workers who were exposed to asbestos are at risk to develop mesothelioma, a type of asbestos-related lung cancer. For your convenience, we have listed mesothelioma doctors near DeKalb at the bottom of this page. An asbestos law firm may also be able to assist you if you were exposed to asbestos in DeKalb, Illinois.

Jobsites in DeKalb where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

A number of jobsites in DeKalb, IL have been identified as harboring asbestos containing materials. These sites, at one point in their history, were known to have exposed a variety of tradesmen to asbestos. We will be documenting in more detail how asbestos exposure occurred at these sites in the future on this web site.

  • Algus Packaging Inc
  • American Steel and Wire Company
  • California Packing Corp
  • De Kalb Electric Company
  • Dekalb Hospital
  • Dekalb Sycamore and Electric Company
  • Elwood Wire and Nail Company
  • Gable Hall
  • Greenacre Cleaners
  • Jacob Haish and Company
  • Jacob Haish Company
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Rudolph Wurlitzer Company
  • Wurlitzer Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers Near DeKalb, IL

For your convenience we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of DeKalb, IL. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


Naperville Campus
120 Spalding Drive, Suite 111
Naperville, IL 60540

Distance: 32.3 miles


1336 Basswood Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Distance: 36.9 miles


Rush Professional Office Building
1725 W. Harrison St.
Suite 774
Chicago, IL 60612

Distance: 54.0 miles


Galter Pavilion
675 North St. Clair, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Distance: 57.7 miles


2520 Elisha Avenue
Zion, IL 60099

Distance: 58.2 miles


University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Distance: 59.2 miles


600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792

Distance: 87.7 miles


University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
1400 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Distance: 87.9 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors Near DeKalb, IL

For your convenience we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors who are located within a 100 mile radius of DeKalb, IL. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations and office locations.

Dr. Michael J. Liptay
Rush University Cancer Center
Rush Professional Office Building
1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 774
Chicago, IL 60612

Distance: 54.0 miles

Dr. Philip D. Bonomi
Rush University Cancer Center
Section of Medical Oncology
1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60612

Distance: 54.0 miles

Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler
The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Distance: 59.2 miles

Dr. Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran
The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Distance: 59.2 miles

Dr. H. Ian Robins
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Department of Medicine
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792

Distance: 87.7 miles

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