The Gori Law Firm
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences, in addition to face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation.
More than $3 Billion Recovered For Our Clients

Illinois man gets three years for illegal asbestos removal

A mill owner who improperly removed asbestos, endangering workers and nearby residents, was sentenced to three years in prison on February 12, 2018.

The owner, Joseph J. Chernis IV, was indicted on federal charges in 2016 for violating the federal Clean Air Act. He had previously hired untrained workers to remove the asbestos from the former Pillsbury Mill plant in Springfield, Illinois. Inspectors found asbestos stored in open-air plastic containers, among other violations.

While Mr. Chernis agreed to a plea deal in 2017, the presiding judge, Sue Myerscough, said she was not certain she was going to follow the sentencing recommendations outlined in the agreement, according to The State Journal-Register. She cited ongoing concerns for the community due to Chernis’ lack of regard for the health and safety of workers and nearby residents. Ultimately, however, she agreed to the three years recommended by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, one year for each charge Mr. Chernis pled guilty to.

The Pillsbury Mill stopped producing flour in 2001. In 2007, it was purchased for salvage. Since then, it has undergone several salvage operations.

Neighborhood residents worried

The former Pillsbury Mills plant is now clean. The Environmental Protection Agency finished the removal of asbestos in November of 2017. The project took six months and cost $1.8 million. Still, many residents are rightly worried. There is a playground near the site of the mill. It is located in a residential neighborhood, and school buses still have stops nearby. Because of the lax manner of its original removal and storage, it is possible that nearby grounds and air were contaminated with asbestos dust.

Asbestos dust, when inhaled, causes mesothelioma and lung cancer. Those exposed must wait decades in fear, as mesothelioma usually develops 20-50 years after first exposure.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why Choose The Gori Law Firm?

  1. Experience

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

  2. Results

    The team at The Gori Law Firm fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

  3. Team Approach

    We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

  4. Faster Trial Dates

    We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. The Gori Law Firm works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More


Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice
ABA - Defending Liberty - Pursuing Justice Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get a Free Case Review Today

The Gori Law Firm News

The Gori Law Firm Donates to Several Area Food Pantries During the COVID-19 Crisis

Read More >

In The Community

The Gori Law Firm and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

More Community & Events >

Read Our White Paper

A Continuing Threat: How Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today >

Edwardsville Office
The Gori Law Firm
156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville Law Office Map

Washington, DC Office
The Gori Law Firm
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW
10th Floor

Washington, DC 20009
Washington Law Office Map

New Orleans Office
The Gori Law Firm
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2195
New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
The Gori Law Firm
3878 Carson Street, Suite 210
Torrance, CA 90503
Torrance Law Office Map

New York Office
The Gori Law Firm
360 Lexington Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
New York Law Office Map

Orlando Office
The Gori Law Firm
37 N. Orange Ave., Suite 1100F
Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando Law Office Map

Granite City Office
The Gori Law Firm
2862 Madison Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040
Granite City Law Office Map

Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day 888-362-6890
Close X

Contact Us For A Free Case Assessment

Back To Top