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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Friday, March 29, 2019

Chairman Cronin Responds to Willowbrook Cancer Assessment Study

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin joined U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in reaction to the release today of the Willowbrook Cancer Incidence Assessment report by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The report showed elevated numbers of cases of specific types of cancer among people living near the Sterigenics facility. A link to the IDPH report can be found at

Chairman Cronin said, “Today, I joined Senator Durbin and Representative Foster in expressing our deepest concern for our families upon learning of the results of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s cancer cluster study. Working with our federal, state and local lawmakers, along with our Attorney General and DuPage County State’s Attorney, we will not rest until we can provide assurances to our DuPage residents that their homes and neighborhoods are safe. We encourage the Illinois Department of Public Health to continue to analyze data and to answer our residents’ questions. We will continue our efforts to keep the facility shut down. Sterigenics must not be allowed to impact our health and safety ever again.”

More information is available on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, including a Frequently Asked Questions document and a dedicated email address to receive questions.