Illinois Asbestos Injuries: Geographical Statistics

Illinois is ranked 6th in the nation for mesothelioma deaths, with an age-adjusted death rate of 13.39 deaths per million. Illinois residents likely suffer such high rates of mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos-based injuries due to the state’s broad economic base built on manufacturing, agriculture, coal, petroleum, power generation and timber.

More than 60 Illinois-based businesses, factories and institutions have been named as defendants in asbestos-injury lawsuits, including the Great Lakes Naval Base, Amoco, Shell, Mobil, Citgo and Standard Oil.

Illinois Residents Fare Poorly In National Statistics

Numerous studies and statistical data show that Illinois residents fare poorly when it comes to asbestos-related injuries. According to a study published by the National Center for Health Statistics, Illinois ranked 17th in the nation for mesothelioma mortality rate during 1999 to 2005. In that time period, over 1,700 Illinois residents died of asbestos-related injuries from 1999 to 2005; nearly 900 of those deaths were the result of malignant mesothelioma.

Statistical data published in the International Journal of Occupational Environmental Health in 2006 ranked Illinois’s Lake and Rock Island counties among the top 20 counties in the United States with the highest malignant mesothelioma rates.

Tons Of Asbestos Imported To Illinois Over 40-Year Period

While there are no naturally-occurring asbestos formations in Illinois, more than 372,500 tons of asbestos–containing vermiculite were shipped from a Montana mine to approximately 30 locations throughout the state from 1948 to 1990. Chicago, Girard, Peoria, Quincy and Calumet City are just a few of the cities with facilities that processed the asbestos-tainted vermiculite.

That asbestos was used in power plants, oil refineries, a naval base and other industrial facilities throughout the state. However, two facilities contain dangerously high levels of asbestos:

  • W.R. Grace, Chicago. The former W.R. Grace & Company had a facility in West Chicago which from 1974 to 1996 processed more than 273,000 tons of the asbestos from the Montana mine. The Grace facility is now an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund Site after the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry reported that asbestos was found in the soil surrounding the site.
  • Johns-Manville, Waukegan. The 150-acre Johns-Manville disposal site in Waukegan, Illinois – which borders both Lake Michigan and Illinois Beach State Park – contains approximately three million cubic yards of waste water sludge containing asbestos and other toxins. Asbestos hazards remain a concern there.

Asbestos Linked To Ovarian Cancer In Illinois

Asbestos exposure has been linked to cases of ovarian cancer in Illinois. According to reports from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health, women exposed to asbestos were about one-and-three-quarter times more likely to develop ovarian cancer as those who were not. Researchers say that asbestos exposure may have occurred when women worked directly with asbestos products or when they washed their husband’s asbestos-tainted clothing.

Illinois Job Sites Linked To Asbestos Exposure

Workers at many Illinois job sites may have also been exposed to asbestos.  Some of those sites include: 

Alton, Illinois:

  • Alton Powerhouse
  • Alton Boxboard
  • Alton State Hospital
  • Laclede Steel
  • Olin
  • Owens-Illinois Glass

Chicago, Illinois:

  • Allied Metal Company
  • Armour Manufacturing Plant
  • AT&T Hawthorne Works Plant
  • B&O Railroad
  • Biron Construction
  • Calumet Shipyard
  • Campbell’s Soup Plant
  • Carnegie Steel
  • Carriage House Motel
  • Chicago Chemical Plant
  • Chicago Coit Carpet & Drapery
  • Chicago Nuclear Powerhouse
  • Coke Plant
  • ComED Dresden Nuclear Power Plant
  • Commonwealth Edison
  • Container Paper Mill
  • Continental Can Plant
  • Crawford Station Power Plant
  • Cyclone Pipe
  • Durable Rubber
  • E J Brach & Sons
  • General Electric Appliance Plant
  • General Motors Plant
  • Great Lakes Naval Training Center
  • Hawthorne Works Plant
  • IBM Building
  • Inland Steel Mill
  • International Truck & Engine Corp.
  • Mobil Oil Refinery
  • Montgomery Ward Building
  • Proctor & Gamble Plant
  • Pure Oil Refinery
  • Republic Steel
  • Republic Steel Mill
  • Reynolds Metals Plant
  • RG Construction Services
  • Sears, Roebuck Tower
  • Skil Tool
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • Thomas A. Edison Nuclear Power Plant
  • United States Steel
  • US Reduction Aluminum Smelter
  • Valley Mold and Iron
  • Ward Bakery
  • Wisconsin Steel Works

Clinton, Illinois:

  • Nuclear Power Station
  • Clinton Power Plant

Decatur, Illinois:

  • A.E. Staley
  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
  • Baldwin Power Plant
  • Citizen’s Bank
  • Mueller Foundry
  • Staley Corn Products Corn Refining Plant
  • York Electronics

Edwardsville, Illinois:

  • Nikkin Flux Corp.
  • Southern Illinois University

East St. Louis, Illinois:

  • American Zinc
  • Dow Chemical
  • American Cyanamid
  • Pfizer Chemical

Great Lakes, Illinois:

  • American Car Company
  • American Steel
  • Great Lakes Naval Base

Granite City, Illinois:

  • AO Smith-Granite
  • Granite City Steel

Clark, Illinois:

  • Sinclair Refinery

Joliet, Illinois:

  • AMOCO Chemical Co.
  • Commonwealth Edison
  • General Motors
  • Goodyear Plant
  • Joliet Arsenal
  • Joliet Chemical Plant
  • Joliet Powerhouse
  • Mobil Oil
  • Petro Chemical Plant
  • Standard Oil
  • U.S. Steel Mill
  • Union Oil

Kankakee, Illinois:

  • A.D. Smith Plant
  • Armour Lab
  • Brookview Dairy Products
  • General Foods Plant
  • General Mills
  • J.W. Mortell Corp.
  • Kankakee Highway Dept. Garage
  • Kankakee Water & Distribution Plant
  • Kankakee Water Mains
  • Pepsi Cola
  • Schnell’s Dairy Products
  • Simonize

Marion, Illinois:

  • Southern Illinois Power Co-Op
  • Marion Powerhouse
  • Lake Of Egypt Powerhouse aka REA Powerhouse

Peoria, Illinois:

  • Caterpillar Manufacturing Plant
  • Duck Creek Power Plant
  • Peoria Power Plant
  • Powerton Powerhouse

Rockford, Illinois:

  • Byrd Piston Ring Foundry
  • Case Company
  • Glidden Paint Company
  • Greenlee Brothers
  • Gunite Foundry
  • Madison Foundry
  • O & H Foundry
  • SunStrand Machine Tool Co.
  • Rockford Drop Forge
  • Rockford Electric

Springfield, Illinois:

  • Allis-Chalmers Assembly Plant
  • East St. Louis Pipeline
  • Edison Powerhouse
  • Lakeside Powerhouse
  • Pennsylvania Rail Road
  • Springfield Powerhouse
  • State Of Illinois Power Plant
  • Steelcraft Inc.

Wood River, Illinois:

  • Equilon
  • Shell Oil Refinery
  • Standard Refinery
  • Wood River Powerhouse