Transportation and Motor Vehicles Committee has scheduled a hearing on
a bill to eliminate the split speed limit in the state.
will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Room 114 of the State Capitol
building in Springfield. April 27 is the next day the House is in session,
but it comes only two days before the deadline for the bill to pass out
of committee and move to the full House.
SB2374, 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.
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 by only two votes.
was introduced by state Sen. George Shadid, D-Pekin, and passed the full
Senate by a vote of 37-15 on March 4. It was then passed on to the House,
where it sat for nearly 20 days before receiving a first reading. It was
moved to the Transportation Committee April 20. The bill must pass the
full House by May 14 or it is dead for the year.