Lawmakers have corrected an oversight that, as of Jan. 1, will allow large trucks to go 65 mph in more places. State Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the original measure to allow trucks to drive 65 mph on rural interstate highways two years ago. But he forgot to include four-lane (or more) divided highways without an interstate designation. Sullivan says this measure had no problem passing, unlike its predecessor.
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“There was more support for that than there was on the original legislation,” he says. “I think what that says is that my colleagues, I think, saw the effect that the uniform speed limit has. This measure passed with huge bipartisan support in both chambers.” Large trucks, and all other vehicles for that matter, must still travel no faster than 55 mph on interstate highways in Cook County surrounding counties.