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IL Gov. Quinn Signs Bill Raising Speed Limit To 70 MPH

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While waiting until the last minute, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that increases the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on rural, four-lane highways. In making the announcement on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, Quinn said the law will bring Illinois in line with 36 other states that have speed limits of 70 mph or higher, including the neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa and Michigan. Monday was the deadline for action on the bill.

Senate Bill 2356 increases the maximum speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on four-lane divided highways outside of urban areas. The law allows eight counties in the Chicago area to set lower maximum speed limits, allowing counties to make adjustments based on their own local needs.

The new law also includes a provision, which lowers the limit by five mph in which drivers may be charged with excessive speeding. Currently, the threshold for penalties is 31 mph over the limit. The new law lowers that threshold to 26 mph over the limit. Officials say that will increase safety on Illinois roads.

KWQC-TV6 viewers and web users appear to favor the increase. In an unscientific poll on KWQC.com, more than 80 percent believe the speed limit should be raised to 70 mph.

 The law takes effect January 1, 2014.