Illinois county does booming business in asbestos lawsuits

April 29, 2015 10:48 PM

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Few of the tourists who drive old Route 66 through the rural Illinois town of Edwardsville are aware of its true economic engine: a booming business in asbestos lawsuits that attracts law firms from across the country.

Since 2005, the lawsuits have helped generate a $14 million surplus for Edwardsville and solidified Madison County's place at the center of a long-running national debate over personal-injury cases.

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