CHICAGO (AP) — A group that's criticized the volume of lawsuits in Illinois has a new report it says contains mixed news for reform advocates.

The Illinois Civil Justice League's report, due out Tuesday, compares all 102 counties by lawsuits filed per 1,000 residents.

It says most counties show some of their lowest rates in 40 years. But it says two, Cook and Madison, are problem areas.

Combined, 99 counties had 1.2 lawsuits per thousand in 2013. But Cook's rate was three times that, at four per thousand. Madison's was eight per thousand.

The report says the rate's so high in Madison because it handles up to half of all asbestos-related cases filed in the U.S.

League President John Pastuovic argues those high rates are why some businesses hesitate to invest in Illinois.

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