Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday that will raise the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 mph. Quinn overcame opposition from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police, bringing Illinois law in line with neighboring states. Current speeding laws mandate 55 mph in metropolitan areas and 65 on rural highways. The new law allows the six-county Chicago region (Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Will) to keep maximum speed limits below 70 mph. Concerns about maintaining continuity between all surrounding counties have been raised. Interstates that run through multiple counties could have varying speed limits along different stretches. Additionally, critics argue that safety concerns have been ignored in favor of a decision that is politically popular. The new law becomes effective January 1, 2014.
Speed limit on Illinois’ rural highways to hit 70, www.chicagotribune.com, August 20, 2013