Quinn set to act on proposed speed limit

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Chicago -- Gov. Pat Quinn is due to make a decision on a law that would increase the state speed limit.

The legislation would raise the speed limit on rural interstates in Illinois from 65 to 70 mph starting in January. Eight counties in the congested Chicago area would be allowed to keep their limits lower.

However, the Illinois State Police and Quinn's transportation chief are opposed, saying current speed limits should be enforced more strictly. The governor hasn't indicated which way he'll go.

Quinn told reporters at an unrelated Chicago event on Sunday that his decision was coming the following day.

More than 30 states have boosted speed limits to at least 70 mph since Congress scrapped lower federal limits nearly two decades ago.

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