SPECIAL REPORT: Illinois Senate votes to override veto, end split speed limit

| 11/9/2004

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Rod Blagojevich's veto and end the split speed limit in Illinois.

The bill that would end the split, SB2374, now heads to the House, which must also vote to override the veto before the bill becomes law and the split speed ends.

The bill 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.

The bill cleared the Senate the first time on March 4, passing by a vote of 37-15. It gained approval in the House with a vote of 81-37 on May 18. However, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed the measure Aug. 18, as he did a similar bill last year.

The Senate override vote came in the late afternoon Tuesday, Nov. 9. The office of the bill's chief sponsor, Sen. George Shadid, D-Pekin, told Land Line that senators voted to override 41-17.

However, truckers will have to wait till next week to find out if the measure will become law. The House Clerk's office said late Tuesday afternoon the chamber has not yet scheduled a vote on a possible override, and the lower chamber has now adjourned for the week. House members will not be back in session until Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 16, 17 and 18.