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Illinois Senate Approves Speed Limit Increase

Legislation would increase highway speed limit to 70 mph




    Good news for lead-footed drivers in Illinois.

    The Illinois Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would raise the speed limit to 70 mph on the state's tollways and interstates.

    The bill's sponsor, Sen. Jim Oberweis (R), told the Chicago Daily-Herald that Illinois' speed limits -- 55 or 65 mph, depending on where you are -- are out of line with most other states, which typically have a 70 mph speed limit.

    Under the bill, several counties would be able to opt out of the higher speed limit, including Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Will counties.

    The bill was approved by a 41-6 margin, but still needs to get by the House and Gov. Pat. Quinn.