Higher speed limits are a thing in Illinois. State lawmakers are working to make it more so. The Senate has overridden the governor’s vetoes of bills which would allow the 70 mph speed limit – already in effect on Downstate interstates – on the state’s tollway system. The tollway bill is sponsored by State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), burnishing his legacy as the father of the 70 mph speed limit in Illinois. “That can save lives,” Oberweis argued. “Reducing the differential in speeds is the key element, and, as long as the traffic is moving at a closer level, it saves lives.”
The other veto overridden in the Senate involves truck speed limits.
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“It sets the maximum speed limit outside an urban district for … a truck interstate highway at 60 mph,” in rural areas of Cook and five nearby counties in the Chicago area, said sponsoring State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero). “Let's make the will of the people the law of the land,” added Sandoval, sarcastically invoking one of the governor's catchphrases.
The override of the veto of SB 2015 (tollway speed) passed the Senate, 44-5-1.
The override of the veto of SB 930 (truck speed) passed the Senate, 54-0-3.