Illinois considers raising speed limit



Illinois legislators are considering proposals to raise the state’s speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways.

The House and Senate versions of the legislation were introduced in February 2013.  Both call for the maximum speed limit outside an urban district to be raised to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways.

The senate version allows for a 70 mph speed limit on other divided highways that have at least four lanes of traffic and a designation from the Department of Transportation while the house version would cap the limit on those roads to 65 mph.

Both versions allow the DOT and Toll Authority to alter speed limits up to the 70 mph maximum.

Both versions were in committee and could be debated by the legislature in April.

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