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Kankakee, Illinois

Kankakee is a city on the Kankakee River in Illinois. Located about 60 miles south of Chicago, Kankakee has a population of just fewer than 27,000 and is the county seat of Kankakee County. The exact year of settlement is uncertain, but Kankakee was not a developed community until after the Illinois Central Railroad came through in 1853. Thirty years later, Kankakee had become a thriving city and a popular destination for tourists who flocked to its elegant hotels and riverside amusements. Among the top employers are Armstrong World Industries, specialty chemical makers Cognis, metal products company Dayton Superior and Riverside Medical Center.

Kankakee's position as a county seat and as a flag stop for the "City of New Orleans" train positioned it for growth in the second half of the 19th century. Fine hotels, electric lighting, river access and a monumental county courthouse attracted visitors, residents and businesses alike. In 1879, the Kankakee State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital and nursing school, opened its doors. Built on the Kirkbride plan, the hospital consisted of a central building with staggered wings intended to provide patients with natural light, fresh air and soothing views. The facility is still in operation today as a center for the developmentally disabled. General Foods operated a plant in Kankakee for much of the 20th century, producing Gaines-Burgers and other pet foods until its closure in 1994. The plant currently houses the Space Center food distribution warehouse. The chemicals and coatings industries currently form a key manufacturing sector in Kankakee, represented by companies such as Valspar Corporation, SunChemical, Hostmann-Steinberg Inc. and Rohm and Haas Chemicals.

Kankakee's history of manufacturing and historic preservation makes asbestos exposure an ongoing concern for workers, who may be at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Kankakee, you may benefit from contacting Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler. You may also consider contacting an asbestos law firm.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Kankakee

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

  • A T & T Company
  • Armour Company
  • Armstrong Cork Company
  • Azzco Builders Supply
  • Belson Scrap & Steel Inc
  • Bunge Edible Oil
  • Cognis Corp
  • Dupont-Ammunition Plant
  • Florence Stove Company
  • G. D. Roper Company
  • Gaines Foods Inc.
  • Gainesburger Plant
  • Gallagher Asphalt Company
  • General Foods Corp
  • General Mills Chemicals, Inc.
  • Kankakee Electric Steel
  • Kankakee Powerhouse
  • Kankakee State Hospital
  • Kankakee Works
  • Le Sage
  • Lincoln Fields Enterprises
  • Olivet Nazarene College
  • Paramount Textile Machinery Company
  • Permaglas Division
  • Short Milling
  • Space Center

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Kankakee, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Kankakee, 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: 68.9 miles


2520 Elisha Avenue
Zion, IL 60099

Distance: 93.3 miles


1336 Basswood Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Distance: 66.1 miles


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

Distance: 47.8 miles


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

Distance: 56.5 miles


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

Distance: 54.7 miles


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

Distance: 49.0 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Kankakee, Illinois

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Kankakee, 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: 49.0 miles

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

Distance: 53.8 miles

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

Distance: 54.7 miles

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

Distance: 54.7 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Kankakee, 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

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