Illinois Senate Approves Measure to Increase Speed Limit

Drivers could soon be allowed to go a little faster on most Illinois highways.

Chris Slaby has more on a proposal before the Illinois General Assembly.

The legislation would increase the speed limit on four-lane highways to 70 mph.

Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) said the current limit of 65 mph, because the roads were built to handle speeds of 80 miles an hour.

OBERWEIS: “It allows people to not be in the mode of disobeying the law. They can drive 70 or 72 or perhaps 75 and still be within a reasonably close area to the speed limit.”

But fellow Senator David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) opposes the plan.

He said state police already give drivers a little leeway.

LUECHTEFELD: “It gets to the point, I think, where do you draw the line? I just feel the cars and trucks are going fast enough on the road right now.”

Nevertheless, the Senate approved the measure on a vote of 41 to 6.

The legislation now goes to the Illinois House.

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