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Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Illinois has been a serious issue. Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Since treatments for these conditions can be expensive, you may wish to consult a local lawyer who can help you get compensation and hold responsible companies accountable for their negligence.

01. Laws and Regulations

Illinois Asbestos Laws and Regulations

While all states must abide by federal regulations regarding asbestos, Illinois also has some additional laws its citizens must follow. Below is a brief summary of asbestos-related laws in Illinois.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in Illinois

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Unit oversees many of the asbestos regulations in the state. The agency ensures NESHAP regulations are being followed. These laws can be found in Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code. Illinois has a state-approved OSHA plan overseen by the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), as well as several federal offices around the state that oversee workers’ safety and health. State OSHA offices can be found in Chicago and Springfield.

Licensing of Illinois Asbestos Professionals

Anyone removing, transporting or disposing of asbestos in Illinois must be licensed. Illinois Department of Public Health oversees the certification of asbestos professionals, as well as schools’ asbestos management plans. These regulations can be found in Part 855 of Title 77 of the Illinois Administrative Code.

Asbestos Transport and Disposal in Illinois

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Unit oversees the proper transport and disposal of asbestos in the state. Transportation of hazardous wastes requires special waste permits Asbestos waste can only be disposed of in permitted landfills after proper notification to the Illinois EPA.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Illinois Work Sites Involved in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout Illinois have exposed unsuspecting workers to asbestos. We have listed below some of the most egregious jobsites and employers who have been named as defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits filed in Illinois.

Illinois Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

  • Chicago

    • Allied Chemical Company
    • Commonwealth Edison Company
    • Great Lakes Naval Station
    • Inland Steel Company
    • O’Hare International Airport
    • Sears Tower
    • Standard Oil Company
    • U. S. Steel South Works Plant
    • Wisconsin Steel Corp
    • Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company
  • Danville

    • General Motors
  • Granite City

    • American Steel Foundries, Inc.
  • Joliet

    • Amoco Oil Refinery
  • Moline

    • John Deere Wiman
  • Morris

    • Dresden Nuclear Power Plant
  • Peoria

    • Caterpillar Tractor Company
    • International Harvester
  • Sauget

    • Monsanto Chemical Company
  • Waukegan

    • Johns Manville, Inc
  • Wood River

    • Shell Oil Company

Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Illinois as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact a lawyer to see if the job site where you worked had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

Mesothelioma Lawsuits Filed in Illinois

Illinois residents living in the following towns and cities have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and seek compensation from manufacturers and distributers of asbestos.

  • Albion, IL
  • Alton, IL
  • Antioch, IL
  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • Aurora, IL
  • Bartonville, IL
  • Batavia, IL
  • Bloomingdale, IL
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Bourbonnais, IL
  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Burbank, IL
  • Champaign, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Country Club Hills, IL
  • Cullom, IL
  • Dallas City, IL
  • Decatur, IL
  • Des Plaines, IL
  • E. Moline, IL
  • East Peoria, IL
  • Elgin, IL
  • Elmwood Park, IL
  • Evanston, IL
  • Genoa, IL
  • German Valley, IL
  • Hanna City, IL
  • Hawthorn Woods, IL
  • Highwood, IL
  • Hillsdale, IL
  • Homer Glen, IL
  • Huntley, IL
  • Johnsburg, IL
  • Joliet, IL
  • Keyesport, IL
  • Lake Villa, IL
  • Libertyville, IL
  • Lombard, IL
  • Loves Park, IL
  • Love’s Park, IL
  • Lyons, IL
  • Manteno, IL
  • Mattoon, IL
  • Morton, IL
  • Murphysboro, IL
  • Murrayville, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • New Lenox, IL
  • Norridge, IL
  • Oak Lawn, IL
  • O’Fallon, IL
  • Oglesby, IL
  • Orland Park, IL
  • Ottawa, IL
  • Park Ridge, IL
  • Peoria, IL
  • Plainfield, IL
  • Rockford, IL
  • Salem, IL
  • Sherman, IL
  • South Holland, IL
  • Sparland, IL
  • Stockton, IL
  • Sugar Grove, IL
  • Troy, IL
  • Villa Park, IL
  • Wadsworth, IL
  • Washington, IL
  • Waukegan, IL
  • West Dundee, IL
  • Wheaton, IL
  • Woodridge, IL
04. Settlements

Illinois Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in Illinois.

  • $5 MILLION: Navy / Mechanic – 59 years old
  • $4.2 MILLION: Army / Engineer – 64 years old
  • $3.4 MILLION: Maintenance Mechanic – 75 years old
  • $3.2 MILLION: HVAC / Plantworker – 80 years old
  • $3.1 MILLION: Electrician – 60 years old
  • $2.9 MILLION: Machinist – 65 years old
  • $2.8 MILLION: Pipefitter / Construction – 84 years old
  • $2.7 MILLION: Plantworker – 63 years old
  • $2.7 MILLION: Navy / Pipefitter – 75 years old
  • $2.7 MILLION: Plantworker / Laborer – 64 years old
  • $2.5 MILLION: Maintenance / Powerhouse – 68 years old
  • $2.4 MILLION: Laborer – 67 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Navy / Plantworker – 79 years old

Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable Illinois lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms that Represent Illinois Residents

Below are a list of law firms with a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of Illinois residents or have offices in Illinois. They have the experience and knowledge necessary to work effectively and efficiently on your behalf.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.

At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

06. Filing Deadlines

Illinois Asbestos Filing Deadlines

When contemplating whether or not to file a legal complaint to seek compensation for injuries resulting from workplace asbestos exposure, it is important to understand the state by state time restrictions placed on doing so. If you fail to act in time, you can lose your rights to compensation. As mesothelioma has a long latency period, the rules surrounding legal deadlines can become somewhat complicated. The specific deadlines for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in Illinois are outlined in the table below.

Illinois Mesothelioma Lawsuit Deadlines
Personal Injury

2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

2 years after death from mesothelioma

To avoid missing a filing deadline, one must begin to gather evidence and file a claim quickly. The best way to do so is to hire a lawyer who is experienced with asbestos-related claims. Failing to act before the statute of limitations runs out could result in a loss of the right to compensation for you or your family.

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