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Blue Island, Illinois

Blue Island is a city in the Chicago Metro area of Cook County, Illinois. Incorporated in 1872, Blue Island has a population of about 23,463. The city has been home to several prominent architects during the 19th and 20th centuries, and many of the homes they designed are still in use, enhancing Blue Island’s suburban charm. The downtown area also retains much of its historic character, and longstanding businesses such as Jebens Hardware (est. 1876) exist alongside antique stores, galleries and restaurants.

Blue Island was settled in 1835, when Norman and Julia Rexford took up residence and established the Blue Island House hotel. As transportation improved with the addition of a canal in 1848, and the Rock Island railroad line in 1852, Blue Island grew steadily. Blue Island sits atop a ridge isolated by the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last ice age. Rich beds of clay were left behind in the ancient lake bed surrounding the area, and in the 1850s, brick making emerged as a dominant industry which lasted for nearly 100 years. German immigrants began settling in Blue Island at this time, establishing several local breweries. The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, which operated freight yards, maintenance shops and a roundhouse, was also a major Blue Island employer. Other local products included brooms, cigars, dental equipment, and condiments. Although Blue Island experienced some downturn in the late 20th century, as businesses, unable to expand, moved out of the downtown area, other industries continued to thrive. Clark Oil & Refining Company operated until 2001, and Modern Drop Forge Company, begun as a part-time family business in 1914, is still run by descendants of the founders.

Blue Island has a substantial industrial history and a built environment which have put workers at risk for asbestos exposure, and asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you are looking for a mesothelioma doctor, scroll down to see a list of those located in and around Blue Island. Additionally, mesothelioma lawyers may be able to give guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Blue Island and then diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Blue Island

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

  • Air Reduction Chemical Company
  • Blue Island Forging
  • Brule Incinerators
  • Calumet Brick Company
  • Chicago Copper and Chemical Company
  • Clark Illinois
  • Clark Oil & Refining Company
  • Enterprise Wire Company
  • Great Lakes Refining Company
  • Illinois Brick Company
  • Libby, Mcneill and Libby
  • Modern Drop Forge Company
  • North Shore Electric Company
  • Public Service Company of Northern Illinois
  • Sagar Coal
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • Tuthill Building Material Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Blue Island, Illinois

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


Hansen Life Sciences Research Building
201 S. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Distance: 93.7 miles


2520 Elisha Avenue
Zion, IL 60099

Distance: 56.4 miles


1336 Basswood Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Distance: 33.4 miles


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

Distance: 24.7 miles


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

Distance: 17.3 miles


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

Distance: 15.9 miles


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

Distance: 9.9 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Blue Island, Illinois

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

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

Distance: 9.9 miles

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

Distance: 15.9 miles

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

Distance: 15.9 miles

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

Distance: 18.0 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Blue Island, 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

Chicago Public Schools Ignoring Asbestos Problem

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Asbestos Abatement Starts at Pillsbury Mills Plant

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