* The AP reports on a new study of healthy by county…
The overall health ranking for Cook County, the state’s most populous, was 75 of the 102 Illinois counties.
Collar counties Kendall and DuPage ranked second and third, respectively, and Kane was ninth.
The study looks at factors such as high school graduation rates, access to health providers and healthy foods as well as rates of smoking, obesity and teen births. […]
Not surprisingly, the healthiest Illinois county, Woodford in Central Illinois, had some of the state’s best scores for individual health and social and economic factors. Its childhood poverty rate was 8 percent.
Alexander County in Illinois’ far southern tip was at the bottom. Forty-nine percent of children there were living in poverty and the unemployment rate was 11.4 percent.
The study is here.