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.

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US Appeals Court reinstates Wisconsin lead paint lawsuit
Friday, July 25, 2014
The US Appeals Court for the 7th Circuit reinstated Wisconsin lead paint law suit. A boy who suffered lead poisoning can sue a half-dozen major manufacturers of paint used on the Milwaukee house where he lived, based on a theory … Continue reading
To Help Children Learn, Get the Lead Out
Thursday, May 16, 2013
“Sometimes we fail to look for causes in conspicuous places. As we seek out reasons why our children are having trouble learning in school, tens of thousands of our kids’ futures are being cut down because, in their younger years, … Continue reading
Lead Exposure Associated with Low Reading Readiness in Kindergarteners
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a new study on May 13, 2013, with data demonstrating† that kindergarten-aged reading readiness is negatively impacted by lead exposure. The study found that even children whose blood lead levels were well below 10mg/dL … Continue reading
Chicago City Council Passes Lead-Safe Renovation Ordinance
Thursday, May 16, 2013
On May 8, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that will require contractors applying for permits to certify they will comply with federal lead-safe training requirements and work practices when conducting work that may disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 … Continue reading
ACTION ALERT from the National Center for Healthy Housing
Monday, April 22, 2013
Senator Jack Reed is circulating the letter below requesting that Senate Appropriations Committees of the Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) and Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHSE) provide $120 million (level funding) to … Continue reading
CDC Releases Latest Blood Lead Data, Confirming that 535,000 Children Have High Levels and Disparities Persist
Monday, April 22, 2013
Recent CDC data shows progress in reducing blood lead levels (BLLs) among children; however, the numbers remain too high and the differences between the average BLLs of different racial/ethnic and income groups persist. The Center for Disease Controlís (CDC) April … Continue reading
Linking Lead Poisoning and Criminal Behavior
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
New research finds lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic.† And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.† Read more in Mother Jones’ January/February 2013 issue.  

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About Lead Safe Illinois

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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

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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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