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The Preventable Dangers of Residential Elevators

For more than 70 years, a defect that allows small children to get caught in between the doors of residential elevators has been known to executives in the elevator industry. Instead of working to fix the problem and notify homeowners, they have fought back against regulations even as children are being severely injured and killed. [….]


48 students and teachers sent to hospital for possible carbon monoxide poisoning

Fears of possible carbon monoxide exposure sent 48 students and teachers from Noel LeVasseur Elementary School in Bourbonnais to local hospitals on Thursday. Authorities believe that a boiler-room ventilation issue may have been the cause. The entire school was evacuated after students and teachers complained of dizziness and nausea, two major signs of carbon monoxide [….]


Court rules homeowners protected from ice lawsuits

The Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled to stop trial on a slip-and-fall lawsuit with a ruling on the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act of 1979. A different Appellate Court ruled that homeowners could not be held liable for accidents relating to the weather, such as those caused by slippery sidewalks. They could, however, be liable [….]


Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville dismissed from personal injury suit

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville was dismissed from a personal injury lawsuit re-filed in Madison County by Joy and Gary Tedford on August 30 under the power of Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge, The Madison-St. Clair Record reported on September 1. According to the lawsuit, which was dismissed in March 2013 and re-filed in March 2014, Joy [….]


Hoopeston tire fire may continue for days

At 5:20 a.m. on June 19, a fire broke out at J&R Used Tire Service Inc., and is likely to last for several days at least, according to Hoopeston Police Chief Mark Drollinger. The fire, which Hoopeston Fire Chief Cliff Crabtree believes was started by a spark from an engine igniting rubber dust, is in [….]


Three People Sent to the Hospital After PATH Escalator Malfunctions

A malfunctioning escalator at a commuter rail station in New Jersey sent three people to the hospital yesterday. On Monday, January 7, commuters were on an ascending escalator in the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City as a part of a normal work day. Around 9:00 a.m. the escalator suddenly stopped and began heading [….]


Bedford Park Go-Cart Facilty Sued for Faulty Equipment

A woman has filed suit against a Bedford Park go-kart facility for negligence. Kimberly Ball visited the Chicago Race Factory in early May of this year. The lawsuit states that when employees seated her in a go-cart with a broken seat belt, they allegedly stated adults did not need the safety harnessed and those were [….]


Carbon Monoxide Leaks Sickens 25 Children at Elementary School

An elementary school on the far south side of Chicago sent just over two dozen children to the hospital after they became ill. On November 5th, students at Harold Washington Elementary School began experiencing symptoms including nausea, vomiting and headaches.  A Level 1 HazMat was called to the school, located at 9130 S. University Avenue, [….]


Wrongful Death Suit Settled with Family of Worker at Joliet Asphalt Company

A lawsuit brought against a Joliet asphalt company in regards to the 2004 death of a Channahon man has been settled. Jason Shelton, 26, was working at the Gallagher Asphalt Corp. at their Brandon Road facility on a November night just before Thanksgiving of 2004. He was monitoring the flow of sand in a bin [….]


Two Students Sent to Hospital After Discovery of Mouse Droppings

Mouse droppings discovered in the bottom of a nachos’ bag led to a trip to the hospital for two students at a high school on the southside of Chicago last Thursday. Two students at Hirsch Metropolitan High School on 7740 South Ingelside Avenue were eating lunch, pre-packaged nachos, when they noticed droppings at the bottom of [….]