Increased speed limit legislation vetoed by Quinn

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CHICAGO - Legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit on interstate highways around Illinois from 65 to 70 miles per hour has been vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn.

The legislation, sponsored by state Senator Jim Oberweis, followed a 2013 law that increased the speed limit to 70 on interstates, which the Quinn administration interpreted to only apply to rural areas.  The bill would have let the Illinois Tollway Authority and Illinois Department of Transportation impose higher speed limits in urban areas.

On Tuesday, Quinn cited studies showing that faster speeds increase the amount of distance needed to stop, and that faster speeds could produce more violent collisions.

Quinn's recent veto follows another veto of a bill that would increase the speed limit of large trucks on interstate highways in the Chicago area.

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