The speed limit is going up by five miles-per-hour on Illinois interstates, from 65 to 70-miles-per-hour. Governor Pat Quinn signed the new law yesterday, and it will reportedly cost about 200-thousand dollars to change or update the speed limit signs. The new law goes into effect January 1st.
But, the higher speed limit doesn’t mean people will get a free pass for speeding. Anyone caught driving at least 26 miles over the limit will get hit with an excessive speeding ticket. Officials in the Metro East and Chicago can opt out of the higher limits if they choose, partly because of the heavy amounts of traffic in those areas.