It could be from asbestos, but this is something where you will want to consult with a lawyer about. They can further investigate this, more than any attorney on this website can with the limited information we have right now.See question
I would recommend you go to a personal injury lawyer to discuss more with the attorney and to not try and handle this yourself.See question
If you click "Find a Lawyer" at the top of the webpage, you can find plenty near you. You could also do a Google search and it will bring lots of results as well. Attorney's are not allowed to solicit on this forum.See question
This is illegal. Like others have said, your employer can't hold your last paycheck from you. File a claim with IDOL, here is the link below to the form.See question
Statue of Limitations is 2 years from the time of death. When did this occur?See question
It seems like you weren't injured since you never mentioned it in your main post. If so, you do not have a personal injury claim.
If you were injured, get treated for it as soon as possible and then contact a personal injury lawyer near you. If you weren't injured, try contacting your landlord to let him know and request for it to be fixed.
If he doesn't fix this, contact a landlord-tenant lawyer or the City of Chicago.See question
Based on what you said that you were driving home from work, it would be a very hard case against your employer for the accident since you weren't working. Since you were on your way home from work, and not actually on the job at the time it would be a very hard case. Even though you said you were tired because of the work hours, technically you could have got another form of transportation home from work to avoid the accident.See question
Like others have said, the answer is no. You dropped it on your own foot and was moving the stuff from the business voluntarily. You do not have a case.See question