A bill in the
Illinois General Assembly to eliminate the state’s split speed limit
is likely to come up for a final vote in the House of Representatives
in the next week or two.
was introduced by Rep. Dan Reitz, D-Sparta, would cut provisions
in Illinois law that set up a slower speed for vehicles with a gross
weight of more than 8,000 pounds. Those vehicles can now travel
at 55 mph on the state’s highways, while other vehicles are limited
to 65 mph. Under the new bill, all vehicles would face a 65 mph
The bill is
primarily of interest to rural parts of the state, Reitz said. Highways
in the city of Chicago and its suburbs are likely to remain at 55
mph for all vehicles, as they are now.
A previous attempt
to eliminate the split was killed after the Illinois State Police
sent a letter to legislators just before the final vote opposing
the bill. That is not likely to happen this time.
“The State Police
are going to go neutral on the bill,” Reitz told Land Line March 13.
If the bill
passes, it would become effective Jan. 1, 2004.
--by Mark H.
Reddig, associate editor