Life on Illinois interstates is about to get a little faster.
Governor Pat Quinn singed a new law Monday that raises the speed limit on rural sections Illinois interstates from 65 to 7u0 mph.
Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation secretary had opposed the measure, saying higher limits increase chances for accidents.
Many states that surround Illinois, including Indiana already have interstate speed limits of 70 mph.
Of course the Chicago land area is often allowed to go their own way and this new allows this.
Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Madison, McHenry, St. Clair, and Will Counties can opt-out by adoption of an ordinance that sets a lower maximum speed limit if they want.
For everyone else the law takes affect in January.