Most areas that will see speed limits raised from 65 mph to 70 mph are outside the Chicago metropolitan area, according to a map released Friday by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Illinois raised the state’s highway speed limit 70 mph on Monday, but don’t go flooring it just yet until the politicians who put this new law on the books figure out whether higher speeds were really meant for urban highways, or just rural interstates.
If Indiana is any indicator, it might end up costing the state of Illinois much-needed revenue if the governor signs off on legislation to raise the speed limit on most Interstate highways and tollways to 70 mph.
The state’s top transportation official would like to slow momentum for a move to increase the top speed limit in Illinois.
The Triple A is weighing in on a bill that would raise the speed limit to 70 miles per hour on Illinois roads.
The bill sponsored by Sugar Grove State Senator Jim Oberweis would hike the speed limit to 70 miles-per-hour. In most counties, it is now 65.
A bill to increase the speed limit on interstates and the tollway system is moving through the Illinois legislature.
As of Jan. 1, large trucks will be allowed to go the same speed as all other vehicles in all parts of the state – not just some parts.