SPECIAL REPORT: Illinois Senate OKs measure to end split speeds

| 3/5/2004

The Illinois Senate voted March 4 in favor of a bill to end the split speed limit in the state. The measure now heads to the House.

SB2374, introduced by state Sen. George Shadid, D-Pekin, passed the Senate by a vote of 37-15. It went before the full Senate after it passed the Senate Transportation Committee 8-1 on Feb. 19. The measure would eliminate provisions in Illinois law that set up a slower, 55 mph speed limit for any vehicle over 8,000 pounds traveling on rural interstates. Other vehicles on those roads can travel 65 mph; all speed limits would remain 55 mph in urban areas.

A similar measure passed both Houses of the General Assembly last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Even though it initially passed by more votes than needed to override a veto, an attempt to reverse Blagojevich’s action failed in the House.