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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Illinois


Cook County, Illinois has long been considered a “judicial hellhole” by corporate defendants. Until recently, asbestos plaintiffs generally came out ahead when faced with lawsuits from a mesothelioma lawyer.

Recently however, a prominent judge in that jurisdiction has sidelined all asbestos actions in which the plaintiff has not been diagnosed with an asbestos disease nor shows symptoms.

There are two sides to the argument, here. On one hand, virtually everyone on the planet has been exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives. Asbestos diseases (especially mesothelioma) have long latency periods; one who has been exposed to asbestos may not have symptoms today, but could very well develop a disease in years to come.

On the other hand, asbestos diseases are fairly rare among the general population; even among those who worked in industries where asbestos was present, relatively few will actually develop asbestosis if they haven't already, and only a handful will contract mesothelioma.

Asbestos and Industry in Illinois

Illinois is home to some sixty businesses, factories, schools and other institutions that have been sued over asbestos. Most of these are industries commonly associated with asbestos exposure, such as oil refineries (including Amoco, Citgo, Mobil, Shell and Standard) and numerous power stations. Another location is the Great Lakes Naval Base. Oddly, one named defendant has been the soft drink manufacturer, PepsiCo.

Although asbestos is not used in any phase of soft drink production, the fact is that PepsiCo – like virtually all large corporations in the world today – has been busily engaging in mergers and acquisitions, buying up companies that have nothing to do with soft drinks, such as defense contractors and media companies. In their eagerness to expand, those who arrange such deals often forget that when one company takes over another, the former acquires not only the latter's assets, but its liabilities as well – including any current, pending or subsequent judgments.

Asbestos is also to be found in many of the state's older buildings as well as its infrastructure. Asbestos was even found in some public water systems because of the asbestos cement used to manufacture water pipes between the 1930s and 1970s.

However, there is no naturally-occurring asbestos formations anywhere within the state of Illinois.

Illinois Asbestos Statistics

According to the 2000 census, the population of Illinois was 12.8 million. During the preceding two decades, there were 1,731 casualties attributed to asbestos diseases.

Although mesothelioma is much rarer than asbestosis, there were three times as many cases of the former than of the latter. The reasons may be attributable to two factors:

  1. Mesothelioma is not usually diagnosed at mesothelioma clinics until its later stages, when it is virtually untreatable.
  2. Amphibole asbestos, implicated in asbestos cancer, was far more commonly used than the chrysotile asbestos that causes asbestosis. This includes tremolite, which was not itself commercially used, but was a common contaminant of other products.

Illinois Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Illinois where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Illinois, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Illinois Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, or asbestosis.


  • Anna State Hospital
  • Choate Mental Health and Develop
  • Fruit Growers Refining and Power Company
  • Union City Tract'N and Power Company


  • CFC International
  • Corn Products Company
  • Gatx Terminal


  • Baldwin Power Plant
  • Baldwin Power Station
  • Baldwin Steam Plant
  • Dynegy Power Corp
  • Illinois Power Company
  • Illinova Power Marketing Inc
  • Reabody Coal Company
  • Sprinkman Sons Corp


  • Allied Mills, Inc
  • Amerencilco
  • Bartonville Grade School
  • Central Illinois Light Company
  • Continental Grain
  • Edwards Station
  • Keystone Steel & Wire


  • Furnsa Electric Company
  • Metal Dross Corporation
  • National Accelator Lab
  • Van Nortwick Paper Company
  • Western Paper Bag Company

Bedford Park

  • Corn Products International
  • General American Tank Storage Terminals
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M)
  • Moroney John J & Company
  • Viskase Company


  • First Bank Building
  • Franklin County Mining Company
  • Franklin Hospital
  • Industrial Plumbing & Heating
  • Petroff Packing Company


  • Aventis Behring
  • Bunge Corp
  • Krolhler Manufacturing Company
  • Swift & Company


  • Burkhart Manufacturing Company
  • Cairo and St. Louis Railway
  • Cairo Power Plant
  • Cairo Railway and Light Company
  • Cairo Water Company
  • E.L. Bruce Company
  • Missouri Cotton Oil Company
  • Singer Manufacturing Company
  • Solomon Terry

Calumet City

  • River Oaks Shopping Center
  • Swift & Company
  • United Chemical and Organic Products Company
  • Wilson and Company


  • Canton Gas and Electric Company
  • Central Illinois Light Company
  • Graham Hospital
  • International Harvester Company
  • P and O Manufacturing Inc
  • Parlin and Orendorff
  • Peoples Gas and Electric Light Company
  • United Electric Coal Company


  • Arena
  • Brush Towers
  • Frick Plumbing and Heating
  • General Classroom Building
  • Residence Halls #35 To 39
  • Southern Illinois University
  • United States Wildlife Commission
  • Wood Preserving Company

Carol Stream

  • Tri Star Metals


  • Arkell Safety Bag Company
  • Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Company
  • General Printing Ink Corporation
  • National Aluminate Corporation
  • U.S. Steel
  • Visking Corp
  • Witco Corp


  • Clinton Gas Company
  • Clinton Nuclear Power Plant
  • Clinton Power Station
  • Clinton Power Station
  • Clinton Powerhouse
  • Illinois Central Railroad Company
  • Revere Copper & Brass Company


  • Amerenenergy Generating
  • Central Illinois Power Station
  • Central Illinois Public Service Company
  • Coffeen Power Station
  • Coffeen Powerhouse
  • Consolidated Coal Company, Inc.


  • Collinsville Electric Company
  • Glidden Company
  • Lumaghi Coal Company
  • Schuck Apartments
  • Southern Illinois Light and Power Company
  • St Louis Smelting and Refining Company


  • 3M
  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Cordova Powerhouse
  • Nitrin Chemical Corporation
  • Nitrin Gas Company
  • Quad Cities
  • Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station
  • Sargent and Lundy

Crystal Lake

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Pure Oil Company


  • 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


  • Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
  • Hales & Hunter
  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp
  • Tetco Metal Products Company


  • Freeman Fidelity Mine #11
  • Peabody Coal Company
  • Phelps Dodge Corp
  • Truax-Traer Coal Company
  • United Electric Coal Company

East Peoria

  • Caterpillar Tractor Company
  • Central Illinois Light Company
  • East Peoria Heating Plant
  • General Insulation & Roofing Company
  • Silver St Team Track
  • Wallace Station


  • Bell Telephone
  • Edwardsville High School
  • Hamlin Casting Corp
  • Madison County Courthouse
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Wagner Electric

Elk Grove Village

  • Clingan Steel, Inc.


  • Commonwealth Edison Company


  • Black-Top Roads Company
  • Dramm Greenhouse
  • Economy Plumbing & Heat
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital of Dupage County
  • Peoples Coal


  • Army Munitions Plant
  • Elwood Ordnance Plant
  • SNG Plant
  • Stepan Chemical Company
  • U. S. Rubber Company


  • Alton Box Board and Paper Company
  • Federal Lead Company
  • Laclede Steel Company
  • Wood River Power Station


  • Chas. Pope Glucose Company
  • Community High School
  • Geneva Modern Kitchens
  • Pope Glucose Company
  • Structural Clay Products

Grand Tower

  • Amerenenergy Generating
  • Central Illinois Public Service Company
  • Grand Tower Powerhouse
  • Middle West Utilities Company


  • Amoco Oil Refinery
  • Anlin Company
  • Chemetco
  • Clark Oil & Refining Company
  • International Shoe Company
  • National Marine Service
  • Sinclair Oil Refinery
  • Wood River Oil & Refinery Company


  • Crescent Forge & Shovel Company
  • Dana Corporation
  • Dynegy Power Corp
  • Harvest Brands
  • Havana Powerhouse
  • Illinois Power Company
  • Lacey Drainage & Levee District
  • Metanzes Drainage & Levee District


  • Hennepin Power Station
  • Jones and Laughlin Steel Company


  • B F Goodrich Chemical Company
  • Blaw-Knox Company
  • Goodrich Chemicals Company


  • Federal Wire Mill Corp
  • Freeman Coal Mining Company
  • Herrin High School
  • Norge Company
  • Pond Creek Coal Company
  • Robert Dick Coal Company

Highland Park

  • Deerfield Shields Township High School
  • Elm Place School
  • Gray Electric Company
  • Highland Park High School
  • Highland Park Hospital
  • Moran Plumbing & Heating
  • North Shore Electric Company


  • American Zinc Company of Illinois
  • Commercial & Residential Construction
  • Hillsboro Electric Light and Power Company
  • Hillsboro Glass
  • Hillsboro High School
  • Southern Illinois Light and Power Company


  • Hinsdale Hospital
  • International Harvester
  • Village of Hinsdale


  • Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company
  • Hoopeston Electric Light and Heating Company
  • Hoopeston Foods Inc
  • Illinois Canning Company
  • John Deere Vermilion Works
  • Pillsbury Mill


  • Central Illinois Public Service Company
  • Hutsonville Powerhouse


  • Borden Chemical Company
  • Munition Plant


  • Electric Energy Inc.
  • Joppa Generating Station
  • Joppa Powerhouse
  • Joppa Steam Electric Station
  • Missouri Portland Cement Company


  • American Standard
  • Bennison Building
  • Consolidated Light and Power Company
  • Kewanee Light and Power Company
  • Kewanee Public Service Company
  • Kewanee Sewage District Plant
  • Mechanical Insulation Company
  • Walworth Company
  • Western Tube Company


  • Commonwealth Edison Plant
  • Dominion Energy Inc
  • Kincaid Powerhouse
  • Middlewest Utilities Company of Illinois


  • Indian Refining Company
  • Lawrenceville Works
  • Nitco Chemical Company
  • Texaco Oil Refinery
  • Texas Company
  • Witco Chemical Plant


  • Allied Mills
  • Anchor Coupling Company
  • Berggreen-Traynor
  • F.E. Mcfarland
  • Mcfarland Greenhouse
  • Morton Manufacturing Company


  • American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Company
  • American Radiator Company
  • Automotive Controls Corp
  • D.L. Wing and Company
  • Echlin Manufacturing
  • Litchfield Milling Company
  • Weatherproof Company


  • H. S. Mccray
  • Lockport Powerhouse
  • Material Service Division
  • Public Service Company of Northern Illinois
  • Texaco Oil Refinery


  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Baird Chemical Ind., Inc.
  • Caterpillar Tractor Company
  • Girdler Corp
  • Goldschmidt Chemical Corp


  • Becker Industries
  • Certain-Teed Production Corporation
  • General Roofing Company
  • Nabisco Brands Inc
  • National Buscuit Company Plant
  • National Phosphate Corp
  • Nbr. 64 Block Plant
  • Prymeland Development
  • W D Boyce


  • A T & T
  • Bank of Mascouth
  • Green Street School
  • Mascouth Herald
  • Methodist Church


  • A & K Midwest Insulation
  • C.C.C. and St. L. Railway Company
  • Central Illinois Construction Company
  • Cleveland Cinti. Chicago and St. Louis Railway
  • General Electric
  • Mattoon City Railway Company
  • New York Central System


  • American Can Company
  • Hines Hospital
  • Loyola Medical Center
  • Maywood Park Trotting Association
  • North Shore Electric Company
  • Norton Brothers
  • Proviso West H.S.


  • Conoco Oil Refinery
  • Del Monte Foods
  • Illinois Northern Utilities Company
  • Mendota Light and Heat Company


  • Central Illinois Public Service Company
  • Illinois Public Service Company
  • Meredosia Powerhouse
  • Mobil Chemical
  • Scott County Drainage and Levee District


  • Caterpillar
  • Libby Mcneill & Libby
  • Libby's Canning
  • Morton Light Heat and Power

Morton Grove

  • Baxter Laboratories Inc
  • Bell & Gossett Company
  • California Paperboard Corp
  • Crane Packing Company
  • H.M. Harper Company
  • Indeck Power Equipment
  • North Shore Research and Off
  • Platz Wholesale Florists
  • Travenol Labs, Inc.
  • Victor Comptometer


  • Caterpillar Tractor Company
  • Midwestern Equipment

Mount Carmel

  • Bermet Craft and Kauffman Milling Company
  • Bernet Craft and Kauffman Millg Company
  • Big Four Railway Company
  • Mt. Carmel Public Utility Company
  • New Electric Company
  • T.A. Snider Preserve Company

Mount Prospect

  • C. Bruning Company
  • Charles Bruning Company
  • Kellen Greenhouse
  • Kellens Florists
  • Prospect High School
  • Randhurst Shopping Center


  • Kroehler Manufacturing Company
  • National Biscuit Company
  • North Central College
  • St. Raphael School
  • Standard Oil

National Stock Yards

  • Agric Chemical Divn.
  • Swift & Company


  • E.B. Dick Company
  • Mid-Wesco Permi-Pipe
  • Northwestern Industrial Piping
  • St. Andrews Old Peoples Home


  • Illinois State University
  • Media Services
  • Metcalf Metcalf School
  • Schroeder Hall Annex Schroeder Hall
  • Stevenson Hall

North Lake

  • Beatrice Foods Company
  • Burny Brothers Inc.
  • Entenmann's
  • Internatinoal Paper Company Container Div
  • Zenith Radio Corporation


  • Commonwealth Edison
  • Culligan Inc
  • Flinn & Dreffein Engineering Company
  • Glenbrook Northhigh School
  • Hanson Scale Company
  • Underwriters Laboratories, Inc


  • New Trier Township High School
  • Stepan Chemical Company


  • Illinois Power Company
  • Oakwood Powerhouse
  • Vermillion Powerhouse

Park Ridge

  • Lutheran General Hospital
  • Lutheran Memorial Hospital
  • Park Ridge Board of Education
  • Park Ridge Elementary School
  • Suburban Home Laundry
  • Terry Foods Incorporated


  • Illinois Zinc Company
  • Maze W H Company
  • Peoples Hospital
  • St. Bedes Gymnasium
  • Star Union Products Company


  • Griffin Wheel Company
  • Pullman Palace Car Company
  • Rolling Mill
  • Union Foundry and Pullman


  • Chanute Air Force Base
  • Chanute Field
  • Department of Air Force
  • Rantoul Air Force Base


  • ACME Metals
  • Aluminum Company of America
  • Charles Pope
  • Hales and Edwards Company
  • Hales and Hunter Company
  • Hales Elevator Company
  • Interlake Steel Corp
  • Interlake, Inc.
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass
  • S&W Manufacturing Company

Rock Falls

  • Armour & Company
  • Central Box Board Company
  • Illinois Strawboard Paper Corporation
  • Keystone Works
  • Mott Bros. Company
  • Northwestern Steel & Wire
  • Rock Falls Box Board Company
  • Russell, Burdsall and Ward Bolt and Nut Company


  • American Refractories Company
  • Commonwealth Edison Company, Joliet Power Station
  • Navy Department Bureau Yard and Docks
  • R.O.W. Window Company
  • United States Navy Department.


  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Midwest Generation
  • Romeoville Powerhouse
  • Will County Power Station


  • Alcoa Mining Company
  • Rosiclare Lead and Fluor Spar Mines


  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • Republic Steel
  • Roxana Petroleum Corp
  • Shell Oil Refinery
  • Tosco Wood River Refinery

Saint Charles

  • Administration Building Iyc Valley View
  • Chronicle Publishing Company
  • Dukane Corporation
  • Moline Malleable
  • St. Charles Country Club
  • St. Charles School District
  • St. Charles School For Boys


  • Ashland Oil & Refinery Company
  • Bradford Supply Company
  • Cascade Refining Company
  • City Light Plant


  • Electric Plant
  • Michigan Wisconsin Pipe Line Company
  • New Idea
  • Sandwich Manufacturing Company


  • Inland Steel Coal Mine
  • Inland Steel Company
  • Old Ben Coal
  • Sesser, Ill
  • Southern Gem Coal Corp


  • Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company
  • John Deere & Company
  • John Deere Foundry
  • United Light and Power Company


  • Central Illinois Light Company
  • Cilco - Edwards Station Construction
  • Edwards Station
  • Illinois Light Company


  • Armour & Company
  • Dillon Griswold Wire Company
  • Keystone Manufacturing Company
  • National Manufacturing Company
  • Newest Steel and Wire
  • Northwestern Steel & Wire Company
  • Simpson Powelson Lumber
  • Sterling Commer. Steel Ball
  • Sterling Dixon and Estrn Railway


  • Chicago Sanitary District
  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Dewey & Almy Chemical Company
  • Florida Crushed Stone
  • Metropolitan Sanitary District
  • Ridgeland Powerhouse
  • Sanitary District of Chicago
  • West Southern Sewage Treatment Works


  • Anaconda Wire and Cable Company
  • Essex Wire Corp
  • Ideal Industries
  • Sycamore Systems
  • Turner Corporation


  • Ahlstrom Industrial Holdings
  • Allied Mills Inc
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Central Illinois Public Service Company
  • Continental Grain Company
  • Hopper Paper Company
  • Manson Machine Company
  • Taylorville Light Heat and Power Company


  • Abbott Powerhouse
  • Carle Memorial Hospital
  • Cleveland Cinti Chicago and St Louis Railway Company
  • University of Illinois


  • Ameren Ue
  • Celotex Company
  • Terminal Power Company
  • Union Electric Company
  • Union Electric Power Company
  • Venice Generating Station
  • Venice Powerhouse

Washington Park

  • Allied Chemical
  • C & D Design Engineering Company
  • General Chemical
  • Harding Ditch Highway
  • Walworth Company

West Chicago

  • American Potash & Chemical Corporation
  • Campbell Soup
  • Chicago Crossing Company
  • General Mills
  • Modern Steel & Treat Company
  • Prince Crossing Farm
  • Union Tool Company


  • Economy Mechanical Industrial
  • Ekco Foil Container Corp
  • Indeck Power Equipment Company
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Wabash Power & Equipment Company
  • Warwick Furnace Company
  • Warwick O H Company

Will County

  • Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant

Willow Springs

  • Argonne Laboratory Powerhouse
  • Argonne Powerhouse
  • Buick Jet Engine Plant
  • Fisher Body
  • General Motors
  • M. J. Corboy Corporation


  • Edens Executive Center Building
  • Village of Wilmette
  • Weeks Dining Room


  • Celotex Corporation
  • Northern Illinois Coal Company
  • Orenda Corportation
  • Philip Carey Manufacturing Company
  • Prairie Pipe Line Company
  • Stonebridge Paper Company


  • Indian Hills Tea Room
  • Municipal Power Plant
  • New Trier Township High School
  • Winnetka Village Elec System


  • Alemite Die Casting and Manufacturing Div
  • Alexite Die Casting
  • Auto Lite
  • Bauske Brothers and Hinner
  • Borden Company
  • Morton Chemical Company
  • Otto Bauske & Hinner
  • Woodstock Die Casting
  • Woodstock High School


  • Alpine Builders
  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • East Zion Industrial
  • Marshall Field and Company
  • Warwick Manufacturing Corp
  • Zion Aluminum Corporation
  • Zion Industries Inc.
  • Zion Lace Industries
  • Zion Nuclear Power Station

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Illinois. 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.

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

1336 Basswood Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

2520 Elisha Avenue
Zion, IL 60099

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

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

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

Mesothelioma Doctors in Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Illinois. 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

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

Dr. Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S. First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153

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

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Illinois

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Illinois, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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Asbestos Related News in Illinois

Asbestos Abatement Starts at Pillsbury Mills Plant

Cleanup crews have begun asbestos abatement work at the abandoned Pillsbury Mills Plant in Springfield, Illinois.

Pillsbury Mills Plant Partner Faces Indictment For Improper Asbestos Removal

A partner who helped with the demolition of the former Pillsbury Mills plant is facing federal indictment for improper asbestos removal.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


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