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Belvidere, Illinois

Belvidere is a city in northern Illinois, about 75 miles from Chicago. The Kishwaukee River divides the city of 23,532 residents, with the original town center and residential areas to the north, and the industrial areas and current-day "downtown" to the south. Belvidere is home to a Chrysler Assembly Plant, which has been turning out vehicles since 1965. Other businesses with facilities in Belvidere include General Mills, Dean Foods, and Franklin Wire Works. Belvidere also has abundant natural resources, in the form of prime farmland, wetlands and wildlife habitat. Belvidere is also known as the "City of Murals" for its many outdoor artworks celebrating the city's industry and heritage.

Belvidere was founded in 1835 on the north side of the river by a group of 37 settlers. The Belvidere Company was quickly organized to build saw and grist mills. In 1851, the railroad was established on the south side of the river, and business and manufacturing followed. Belvidere incorporated as a city in 1882, a year after the Cleveland Spring Bed and Mattress Company was founded, but the first major industry was the National Sewing Machine Company, which opened its Belvidere plant in 1886. At one time the largest bicycle manufacturer in the U.S., and the second-largest sewing machine maker in the world, National employed 1,378 workers in 1896, and was a major employer until the 1960s. Belvidere's population grew to 8,000, and other industries flourished, including a steam laundry, brick yards, coal company, and the New York Milk Condensing Company. Belvidere was now a bustling modern city, boasting electric railways, street lighting, telephone exchanges, and a municipal water system. Handsome Queen Anne-style homes lined the streets, built by the city's successful businessmen. Belvidere’s current economic base now includes the healthcare and defense industries, as well as retail shops and restaurants.

Belvidere's significant manufacturing history means asbestos exposure has been an ongoing concern, putting workers at risk for asbestos diseases, such as pleural mesothelioma. For your convenience, we have listed mesothelioma cancer centers located in or near Belvidere at the bottom of this page. If you were diagnosed with asbestos cancer in Belvidere, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of an asbestos attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Belvidere

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Belvidere where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Belvidere Distilling Company
  • Belvidere Screw and Machine Company
  • Chrysler Corp
  • Dean Milk Company
  • Highland Hospital
  • J.W. Lyon, Mayor
  • Midwest Pak Inc.
  • National Gray Iron Foundry
  • Paulson Heating Company
  • R and D Thiel Inc
  • Shield Ware Inc.

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Belvidere, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Belvidere, 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.


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

Distance: 64.2 miles


600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792

Distance: 63.9 miles


2520 Elisha Avenue
Zion, IL 60099

Distance: 51.1 miles


1336 Basswood Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Distance: 42.8 miles


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

Distance: 48.9 miles


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

Distance: 67.3 miles


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

Distance: 64.2 miles


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

Distance: 71.3 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Belvidere, Illinois

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

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

Distance: 56.8 miles

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

Distance: 63.9 miles

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

Distance: 64.2 miles

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

Distance: 64.2 miles

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

Distance: 71.3 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Belvidere, 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.

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.

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