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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2013 12:42:17 PM

Lawmakers in Illinois are looking to let motorists drive faster on state highways if recently introduced legislation becomes law. Illinois and Wisconsin are the only two states in the Midwest to have speed limits under 70 miles per hour. Both states currently have 65-mph speed limits on highways. Illinois would be following Indiana's 2005 decision to raise speed limits on highways to 70-mph.

State Senator Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, sponsored the bill along with Transportation Committee Chairman Marin Sandoval, a Cicero Democrat. The legislation passed the State Senate on Tuesday, and will graduate to the House of Representatives and could be voted on by the end of May.

Oberweis said he wrote the bill to increase...

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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 10:39:05 AM

Sure that way you use more gas, speeding wont help Illinois drivers. There will always be traffic jams and accidents down there. They drive like they some too fast, some too slow, and no signals what so ever. They need more patrol cars out and reinforce the rules of the road!!
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ranger1169
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 12:16:44 AM

goood
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CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 11:53:43 AM

Maybe if they weren't so focused on taking guns away from the citizenry they could afford to fill a few potholes and then they could raise the speed limits
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 5:28:13 PM

faster faster is good
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kiatoindos
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 1:02:04 PM

Always last to do anything
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RedwingsGranny
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 3:40:12 PM

should be 70
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 12:04:03 AM

there will still be idiots in vettes drive 5 under in the passing lane
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sweeteddy
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Message Posted: May 6, 2013 9:27:19 PM

It should be 75 mph
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 8:26:58 PM

@vette1967 drives a vette and asks whats the hurry????? lmao
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 12:26:29 AM

"many motorists disregard the 65-mph limit."

Those motorists set their personal limits based on the legal limit. They would ignore a 70 mph limit, or a 75 mph limit.
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 10:36:05 AM

Just look out for the unintended consequences.
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sks1586
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 8:07:39 AM

Answer is provided in these words:
Currently, 34 states have speed limits of 70-mph or higher Oberweis indicated, citing that many motorists disregard the 65-mph limit. “It would a benefit to travelers to save a little bit of time while staying within the law, and businesses might be able to operate more efficiently,” he said.

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Vette1967
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 2:12:19 AM

What's the hurry?
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 7:00:31 PM

bout time
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rapiscoya
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 1:18:04 PM

I think that going to 70 MPH is a great idea.
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Jmac2008
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 1:18:32 AM

it is about time.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2013 9:19:09 AM

nice
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eagle_scout
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 11:14:27 PM

They should
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 4:18:28 PM

Good for them & good luck!
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Soglaos
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 3:36:25 PM

Sounds Like a fine idea
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endymion
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 1:46:22 PM

going from 65 to 70 should not be a safety issue like going to 85.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 8:36:57 AM

posted a while back
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BoerneWatch
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 8:22:49 AM

Why?

Just like Texas.

$$$

Faster speeds equals poorer gas mileage that brings in more fuel tax.
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bondo
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2013 8:15:46 AM

More old news.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 11:44:58 PM

bout time... tickets for BAD driving not just speeding -- just a revenue source
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bluebird1
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 2:22:21 PM

Probably worthwhile, as here limits are ridiculously low & have a strict 'stunt driving' law that means loss of license, vehicle impounded, towed, taxied etc. for 50 over. Highest limit is 100 Kph (about 60 mph) dropping to 80 in city limits, traffic flows at 120 Kph (if not grid-locked) so could be impounded just for not slowing down fast enough on speed chg when passing a vehicle.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 2:13:28 PM

good to know
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Holly123
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 2:04:36 PM

Ok, good to know.
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Marino5
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 1:19:20 PM

The speeding penalty threshold change is a good idea to put some teeth into that part of the law. People think nothing of going 10 mph over posted speeds and there is always some one else in a bigger hurry!
Maybe better enforcement of passing laws would help, too, since that opens the left lane for those who do wish to drive faster.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 1:11:19 PM

Illinois is one of those long states with long stretches of Interstate with nothing to see but corn and wheat fields. The faster you cross it, the less subject you are to falling into a trance in the middle of it.
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snappytom2
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 1:01:30 PM

Faster is never better. The kinetic energy of a moving car increases as the square of the velocity.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:57:39 PM

Old news.
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jd12
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:55:07 PM

to all the people saying speed does not kill, its distractions. thats only half true. I'd rather be hit by a distracted driver doing 25 than the same distracted driver doing 75.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:53:35 PM

Just be consistent with the other states.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:53:03 PM

this will increase gas tax revenue
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:47:57 PM

Good
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NoSoup4U
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:47:19 PM

I do think 70-75mph on most interstates is a safe and reasonable limit. It does cause problems if a contingent of people are trying to drive 55 or less to save gas while others want to minimize travel time. It's not so much speed that kills and causes problems, it's speed deltas: slowest vehicle to fastest vehicle.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:46:38 PM

Higher speeds = more gas used...
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Okay????
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Johnny907
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:45:45 PM

Burn more gas
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MarkJM
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:45:42 PM

We should probably be consistant with freewqay speed limits. It would avoid a lot of confusion....
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:45:39 PM

As long as they realize that when there are accidents at higher speed those accidents will be more deadly. You can change the driving laws but not the laws of physics.
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LuckyLou1
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:43:18 PM

They should raise it to 75 to be in line with most everybody else I saw 80 miles an hour in Nevada last week as the posted speed limit
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davisadm
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:43:10 PM

I'm all for it. It is my choice If I want to sacrifice a bit of fuel economy to save time.

"...People can still choose to drive more slowly if that's what conditions warrant..."
As long as they stay in the slow lane.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:42:25 PM

Thanks for the info
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FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:42:22 PM

Wow, now that's news!
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tsgasprc
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:42:19 PM

Always someone who wants to get there faster. There will still be many people who drive 6-10 MPH over the limit. Useless legislation!
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denmjj
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:42:10 PM

accidents are caused more by speed differential than speed
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:40:42 PM

Go ahead. People can still choose to drive more slowly if that's what conditions warrant. If they are smart enough to make that judgment....
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:39:49 PM

Hooray!
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