Cook had highest abortion rate among largest Illinois counties in 2017
In a list of the 30 most populous counties in Illinois, Cook County ranked No. 1 for the rate of abortions performed there in 2017, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health report issued in December, which tracks abortions performed on an annual basis.
The abortion rate for Cook County was 0.41 percent. Peoria had the second highest abortion rate in Illinois in 2017, the department reported.
The report also tracks the age and marital status of the abortion recipient and the pregnancy term at the time of the abortion.
Of the 30 most-populated counties in Illinois, Rock Island, with 144,808 residents, boasted one of the lowest abortion rates, at 0.05 percent.
Adams (county seat: Quincy), Whiteside (Morrison), Knox (Galesburg), Boone (Belvidere) and Williamson (Marion) reported fewer than 50 abortions in 2017.
Peoria had 462, a rate of 0.25 percent – more than twice the rate in Lake and McHenry counties.
Abortion rates in Illinois counties
Counties with fewer than 50 abortions in a year don't report their precise number.