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Bills filed to raise Illinois speed limit

traffic on Interstate 57

SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- An Illinois legislator has filed bills to raise the state's speed limit.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R, of Sugar Grove, has filed two bills - Senate Bill 2564 and Senate Bill 2565 - to raise the maximum speed limit on Illinois' highways and interstates.

Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Changes 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.

Synopsis of Senate Bill 2564 as introduced by Sen. Oberweis

Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Changes the maximum speed limit to 75 miles per hour (from 70 miles per hour) on any interstate highway outside of an urban area.

Synopsis of Senate Bill 2565 as introduced by Sen. Oberweis

Senator Oberweis told WICS ABC 20 that the change would benefit rural areas that have less traffic congestion.

AAA Chicago said it's concerned about safety. In a Twitter post on the issue, the auto club referred to research that shows people "drive faster than posted speed limits."

This is not the first time Sen. Oberweis has proposed an increase.

In 2017, he filed similar legislation to increase the speed limit to 75 miles per hour on most interstates outside Chicago. The measure did not make it out of the Senate.

Senate Bills 2564 and 2565 have been sent to a Transportation subcommittee. Currently, there are no members in the "Subcommittee on Special Issues."

It's not clear if or when a hearing might take place.

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