Ripple effects

Ripple effects of childhood lead poisoning

In addition to causing health and behavioral problems in children, lead poisoning may result in serious costs to both a child's future and to society.

Lead Poisoning Prevention for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

A three-part video series in pictures and voice over (see playlist below) that explains what lead poisoning is, its serious effects, and how pregnant and parenting teens can protect themselves and their children during pregnancy and after birth.

In the news

Lead poisoning in news satires
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The horrific and avoidable events in Flint have resulted in expansive coverage on lead poisoning, with a focus on lead in paint, and in water.  The popular satirical news shows Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Nightly Show … Continue reading
Flint is in the News, but Lead Poisoning is Even Worse in Cleveland
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Because of the debacle in Flint, Michigan that led to contaminated water supplies, the media and legislators are focusing attention on the problem of children being poisoned by lead.  It isn’t just a problem in Flint, or a handful of … Continue reading
The surprising link between post-war suburban development and today’s inner-city lead poisoning
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
As increasing attention is paid to the scourge of lead poisoning, and its history in our inner cities, The Conversation published a piece in February exploring the link between postwar suburban development and today’s inner-city lead poisoning, with proposals for … Continue reading
Chicago and Lead Testing in Water
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Chicago Tribune continues its series examining how the City responds to concern about lead poisoning in homes – both through lead paint and lead in water. To see the full article go to
The scourge of lead poisoning
Sunday, February 7, 2016
The outrage over Flint, Michigan’s contaminated water supply should serve as a wakeup call about the problem of lead poisoning more broadly and its sources.  While attention should not/cannot move away from Flint, fixing Flint’s pipes will not be sufficient … Continue reading
Federal Housing Policy Leaves Poor Kids at Risk
Sunday, January 31, 2016
A case of childhood lead poisoning in Chicago’s public housing highlights the risks inherent in old housing, poorly maintained, with weak enforcement of existing laws and gaps in existing federal regulations.
The Chicago Tribune series shines a light on childhood lead poisoning
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for its series shining a light on childhood lead poisoning. This is one of the few causes of social and learning problems we know how to solve, yet we have not provided adequate resources to get … Continue reading

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Lead Safe Illinois is a campaign to eliminate lead poisoning in Illinois. Our efforts include raising awareness and advocating for legislation and policy reform to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

Lead Safe Illinois is convened by the
Loyola Civitas ChildLaw Center's Policy Institute.

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Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Historical Perspective

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Preparing for a new baby

Expectant parents can take several steps to protect themselves and their babies from lead hazards.

How to prepare for a new baby
Testing blood lead levels

Benchbook preview


Download the Benchbook on Lead Paint Poisoning, which outlines Chicago and Illinois laws, and learn about state and federal laws on lead poisoning.

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Additional information for…
Property owners
  • The do's and don'ts of home renovation
  • What to look for in a lead contractor
  • How to find a lead contractor
  • Required disclosures to tenants
  • Right of inspection
  • Right of notification of lead hazards
  • Notifying landlords about possible lead in homes
  • If a landlord won't address a lead hazard
Childcare providers
  • Childcare provider responsibilities
  • Educational information
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