Renovations halted after discovery of asbestos in Illinois courthous
On Tuesday April 12, it was decided that planned renovations at the Knox County Courthouse in Galesburg, Illinois would be placed on hold due to the discovery of toxic substances such as asbestos. “Members of the county board building committee voted Tuesday night to stop all proceedings and expenditures related to courthouse renovations,” reported Galesburg Radio 14 News.
Knox County board member Wayne Saline addressed the seriousness of the threat posed by the mold, radon, and asbestos found in the courthouse:
“Right now 19 percent of our employees that have worked in that courthouse have cancer, 19 percent. We have to get out of that building and if we don’t – now that we know, we’ve taken these tests and we know for a fact – anyone who votes to stay in that building is going to be personally liable when it comes down the road. I will never vote to spend another penny because I am not going to be liable for risking their lives.”
Though fellow board member Paul Stewart said after the meeting that this is just a “fear mongering” tactic to stall renovations, there is a strong link between the often-fatal cancer mesothelioma and both asbestos and radon, as well as the clear link between asbestos and asbestos diseases.
Like the board members in Knox County, Illinois, asbestos law firms throughout the nation are fighting the asbestos problem. Lawyers fight it by helping people who suffer from asbestos-related diseases receive compensation. One leading law firm that has been helping people for over twenty years is Weitz & Luxenberg.