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Poisonous Plants

Call 911 immediately if your child is having seizures or trouble breathing.

If your pet has ingested a plant part and you have cause for concern, call your vet immediately.

If one has questions regarding toxic or nontoxic plants for their garden/yard, the following web sites may be helpful:

Illinois Poison Center – If your child has ingested a plant part and you have cause for concern, call the poison control center immediately. Toxicologists at the poison center are in a better position to quickly treat the problem and tell you what to expect. The phone number is: 1-800-222-1222

To find information on toxic plants, go to the Illinois Poison Center Web site,

Place your cursor on the Poisoning Hazards box, and select Toxic Plants and further select one of the categories of toxic plants offered in the list.

Cornell University – Poisonous Plants Database. This is a growing reference that includes plant images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.).

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Lead in our Environment
Attachment B

Lead in Our Environment
(Resources to Consider)


General Information

Home*A*Syst - Lead Check List
Janel Correa (Coordinator), IL Dept of Agriculture Land and Water Resources
State Fairgrounds, P O Box 19281, 801 E Sangamon Ave, Springfield, IL 62794-9281 
Phone: 217-782-6297, Fax: 217-524-4882, Voice mail: 217-782-4355

Lead-Based Paint

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Disclosure of Lead-based Paint Hazards in Housing

To order the above: Illinois Department of Public Health, Springfield, IL, Call 1-217-333-8940 or e-mail to request a copy.

Lead in the Workplace

Clean-up and Removal


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Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs

Industrial Services
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St. Suite 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
312-814-2337 or 800-972-4216 
They help companies evaluate occupational safety and health hazards, including exposure to lead in their workplaces.

Illinois Department of Labor

Division of Public Safety
1 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 300
Springfield, IL 62701 
The Department of Labor's toxic substances section offers assistance to public sector agencies.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Division of Environmental Health
525 W. Jefferson St,
Springfield, IL 62761 
The Toxicology Section can help with specific questions regarding the toxicity of lead in our environment.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Division of Epidemiologic Studies, Occupational Disease Registry
605 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761 
800-547-0466 TTY (for hearing impaired use only)
- This division can address concerns about elevated blood levels of lead in adults. They also have information on epidemiologic and surveillance studies.

Illinois Dept. of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program


County Public Health Departments

- Call directory assistance for your counties local office

Illinois EPA – Region 5

77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60067

Other Resources on Lead

Resource List – Illinois Department of Health

Impact of Lead-Contaminated Soil on Public Health

The LEAD Group: The Lead Education and Abatement Design Group, Australia

Body, et al. "Environmental Lead: A Review" Critical Reviews in Environmental Control, Volume 20, Number 5 & 6, 1991 page 299.

Krishnamurthy, S., "Extraction and Recovery of Lead From Soil" Environmental Progress, Volume 11, November 1992, page 256.

Mahaffey, K.R., J.L. Annest, J. Roberts, and R.S. Murphy. 1982. National estimates of blood lead levels: United States, 1976-1980; association with selected demographic and socioeconomic factors. N. Engl. J. Med. 307:537-579.

Mielke, H.W. 1997. Leaded dust in urban soil shown to be greater source of childhood lead poisoning than leaded paint. Lead Perspectives, (March/April): 28-31.

Mielke, H.W. 1990. Lead dust-contaminated communities and minority health: A new paradigm in The National Minority Health Conference: Focus on Environmental Contamination, B.L. Johnson, R.C. Williams and C.M. Harris Eds. Princton, New Jersey: Princeton Scientific Publishing Co., Inc. 101-112.

Mielke, H.W. 1994. Lead in New Orleans soils: New images of an urban environment. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 16:123-128.

Mielke, H.W., S. Barroughs, R. Wade, T. Yarrow and P.W. Mielke. 1984/85. Urban lead in Minnesota: Soil transect results of four cities. Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science, 50:19-24.

Mielke, H.W. and J.L. Adams. 1989. Environmental lead risk in the Twin Cities. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Publication CURA 89-4.22 pp.

Mielke, H.W., J.C. Anderson, K.J. Berry, P.W. Mielke, R.L. Chaney and M. Leech. 1983. Lead concentrations in inner-city soils as a factor in the child lead problem. American Journal of Public Health, 73:1366-1369.

Sill, C., "Determination of Lead-210 in Standard Samples of Soil" Analytical Chemistry, Volume 60, February 15, 1988, page 320.

Teichman, J., et al. "A Survey of Lead Contamination in Soil " American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, Volume 54, September 1993, page 557.

Wixson, B., "Guidelines for Lead in Soil" Environmental Science and Technology, Volume 28, January 1994, page 26A


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