New speed laws take effect January 1st

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Most Illinois highways will increase their speed limits to 70 miles per hour next week.

That includes short stretches of I-55 and I-80 southwest of Joliet, I-57 south of Park Forest in Will county, and I-88 west of Aurora in Kane county.  Also in Lake County, a stretch of I-94 between Waukegan and the Wisconsin border will also increase.

The law also includes a provision that allows police to charge drivers with excessive speeding for going more than 26 mph over the posted limit.

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  • Ismael

    The 70 mph has been going on for years, this is just to make it official. All You have to do is get behind a truck and You are doing 70 easily, this change is mostly to satisfy the trucker's lobby. I would not dare drive 70 mph on the left lane on I-294 or I-94 in the morning. This lane is reserved for the savages going 80 or better.

  • Cryz

    Actually it is an increase as opposed to just making it official because once it is changed to 70 those who previously went that fast anyways will start going 90…