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Champaign, Illinois

Originally named “West Urbana”, the city of Champaign lies 135 miles south of Chicago and is most notable for sharing the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with its neighboring partner city, Urbana. Champaign was founded in 1855 when the Illinois Central Railroad laid tracks through the city, and in 1860, the city was granted a charter and officially changed its name to Champaign.

The railroad played a key role in Champaign’s early development; both the Danville Urbana and Champaign Railway and the Illinois Central Railroad operated lines locally. A steam mill, stores, a church, and a post office followed. Shortly thereafter, the state of Illinois selected Champaign as the site to build the down state branch of an agricultural college. The college opened in 1868 and is now known as the University of Illinois, currently one of the premier universities in the country. Toward the middle of the 20th century, the University of Illinois built Abbott Power Plant, a coal-fired power station with an electricity production of over 20,000 MWh. Other large corporations attracted to the city were Humko Oil Plant (a division of Archer Daniels Midland), Swift & Company, and Kraft Foods, Inc. In recent years, downtown Champaign has undergone reconstruction to increase public appeal; the $40 million, mixed-use project was the largest ever for the city.

We have confirmed that Champaign has a number of jobsites where asbestos exposure has occurred. Workers exposed to asbestos may be at risk to develop mesothelioma cancer. Additionally, you should know that mesothelioma law firms represent people from Champaign who were exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with asbestos cancer.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Champaign

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

  • Abbott Labs
  • Abbott Power Plant
  • Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company
  • Danville Urbana and Champaign Railway
  • Herman M. Adler Clinic
  • Humko Oil Plant
  • Humko Oil Plant
  • Kraft Foods New Plant
  • Kraft Foods, Inc.
  • R. H. Bishop
  • Smith and Company
  • Swift & Company
  • Swift & Company
  • University of Illinois
  • Urbana and Champaign Railway Gas and Electric Company
  • Urbana and Champaign Street Railway Company
  • Weller's Community Homes

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Champaign, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Champaign, 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: 73.8 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Champaign, 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.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

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