Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation raising the speed limit on most Illinois interstates to 70 mph.
In his signing statement, Quinn noted that more than 30 other states already allow speeds of 70 mph or greater. The governor approved the bill over the objection of his transportation secretary and state police director, both of whom opposed the bill on the grounds that it could lead to more highway accidents and fatalities.
The higher speed limit takes effect January 1. It will not apply to several interstates in the immediate Chicago area.