WASHINGTON (AP) -- A national Islamic civil rights group says Illinois had the country's second-highest number of bias incidents against Muslims last year.
A study by the Council on American-Islamic Relations released today says Illinois had 13-percent of the country's 19-hundred-72 bias complaints.
The group says the number of incidents reported nationwide rose nearly one-third last year to a 12-year high.
Those incidents included harassment, violence and discrimination.
And the group says the number of hate crimes reported increased eight-point-six percent to 153.
Nationwide, nine states and Washington, D-C, accounted for nearly 79 percent of all bias incidents reported to the group for 2005.
California was first at 19 percent, followed by Illinois, New York and Texas.