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Freeport, Illinois

Freeport is the county seat of Stephenson County and home to nearly 27,000 residents. Freeport, located in northwest Illinois, about 25 miles west of Rockford and 20 miles south of the Wisconsin Border, is at the center of a large agricultural area. Originally the city was named Winneshiek; however, when it was incorporated in 1855, Freeport was the established name. The name was taken from Freeport's founder, Tutty Baker, who was credited with running a "Free Port" on the Pecatonica River. Freeport is also known as "Pretzel City USA." The pretzel became the city's trademark when the Billerbeck Baker, which was established in 1869, flooded Freeport with pretzels. Also, the historic second debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place in Freeport on August 27, 1858.

As an industrial center, Freeport is home to several Fortune 500 companies including Honeywell’s Sensing and Control division has several plants within the city; Titan Tires known worldwide for its automobile, truck, and farm tractor tires; and Newell Window Furnishings, a division of Newell Rubbermaid. Freeport's major employers include is Furst-McNess Company (founded in 1908), Star Manufacturing, and Seaga Manufacturing.

As a result of Freeport’s rich industrial and 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 clinics near Freeport at the bottom of this page. An asbestos law firm may also be able to assist you if you were exposed to asbestos in Freeport, Illinois.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Freeport

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

  • Arcade Manufacturing Div Rockwell Manufacturing Company
  • Belvidere Senior High School
  • Burgess Battery Company
  • Crandall Dairy Supplies
  • Freeport Gas and Electric Company
  • Freeport Malleable Iron Company
  • Freeport Railway Light and Power Company
  • Fullerton Lumber Company
  • Hoefer Manufacturing
  • Kelly Springfield Company
  • Rockwell Manufacturing Company
  • Structo Manufacturing Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Freeport, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Freeport, 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: 53.1 miles


600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792

Distance: 53.1 miles


2520 Elisha Avenue
Zion, IL 60099

Distance: 90.1 miles


1336 Basswood Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Distance: 83.4 miles


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

Distance: 85.8 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Freeport, Illinois

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

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

Distance: 53.1 miles

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

Distance: 96.6 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Freeport, 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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