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Illinois remains the state with the fourth highest number of high school students participating in sports.
The latest figures compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations show more than 7.7 million students nationally, and more than 330,000 in Illinois, participated in sports during the 2012-2013 school year. That's more than ever before.
Only Texas, California and New York ranked higher on the survey than the Land of Lincoln.
CHICAGO (AP) - A new law says Illinois schools must offer catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Sunday at Eisenhower High School in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island.
Rasul "Rocky" Clark played football for Eisenhower until he was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a 2000 game.
His care was provided through a $5 million insurance policy held by the school district. When that policy hit its limit, he relied on Medicaid and his mother. Clark's story fueled legislation sponsored by state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Democrat from Harvey and former NFL player.
Under the legislation effective next year, a school's minimum policy will cover $3 million in aggregate benefits or five years of coverage.