Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday announced that he had signed into law the decision to increase Illinois' speed limit to 70 mph on rural four-lane highways.
The law is effective on Jan. 1.
The bill was sponsored in part by State Rep. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove. Illinois' speed limit will now be in line with 36 other states that have speed limits of 70 mph or higher, according to a news release issued by Quinn.
"This limited 5 miles-per-hour increase will bring Illinois' rural interstate speed limits in line with our neighbors and the majority of states across America, while preventing an increase in excessive speeding," Quinn was quoted as saying in the release. "I encourage all motorists to continue to respect our traffic laws, avoid distractions and exercise common sense behind the wheel to protect the safety of themselves and others."
Kane County is among those that would be allowed to opt out of the new rule.