25th District Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis introduced two bills in late January that would raise the maximum speed limit in both urban and non-urban areas.

Senate Bill 2564 would change the maximum speed limit outside of an urban district to 60 miles per hour instead of 55 miles per hour on specified highways, roads, and streets. Senate Bill 2565 would change the maximum speed limit to 75 miles per hour from 70 miles per hour on any interstate highway outside of an urban area.

Oberweis told The Center Square the bills would not be mandated, but would rather allow transportation authorities to increase the speed limit if they felt it was safe.

The measures have been put in the Senate Transportation Subcommittee on Special Issues, which currently has no members.

Illinois last raised the speed limit in 2013, when some highways were raised to 70 miles per hour.


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