Federal officials say more than 297,000 Illinois residents have signed up and paid for private health insurance on the marketplace created by President Barack Obama's health care law.  

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that nearly 78 percent of those Illinois consumers are getting a tax subsidy to help them with the cost. The average monthly subsidy in Illinois is $212.

More than 61,000 Illinois residents signed up for health insurance since the federal government's website launched in October.

According to a news release, Illinois officials said traffic on the website has increased steadily, with 788,035 website visits since Oct. 1st.