- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A new report shows fewer Illinois children are without health insurance, but the number of cases of child abuse is climbing.

The annual report released Thursday comes from a non-partisan organization advocating for policies concerning children called Voices For Illinois Children.

The report shows the percentage of children without health insurance fell from 6 percent to 3 percent since 2008. It also found Illinois has “significantly narrowed” racial and ethnic disparities in children’s health insurance coverage.

But cases of child abuse and neglect have risen 13 percent since 2006. Some of the largest increases were in DuPage, Kane, Macon, Vermillion and Will counties.

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