bill in the Illinois General Assembly to eliminate the state's split
speed limit has passed the House and is now before the Senate Rules
which was introduced by Rep. Dan Reitz, D-Sparta, was approved by
a vote of 86-18 on March 19.
bill 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 speed limit.
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.
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 it passes, it would become effective
Jan. 1, 2004.