Two different speed limit proposals defeated in Illinois

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Two different bills that would either eliminate or decrease speed limit differentials on Illinois’ rural interstate highways both were defeated last week in committee on identical votes of 5-6.

HB 4263, sponsored by Rep. David Reis (R-Olney), would have raised the truck speed limit on Illinois’ rural interstate highways from 55 to 60 miles per hour. While the bill still would have given Illinois a split speed limit, the differential would have been reduced from 10 to 5 mph between cars and trucks.

HB 4561, sponsored by Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), would have fully eliminated the split speed limit for cars and trucks outside of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.