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Illinois speed limits headed to 70 mph

<p>AP Photo/Michael Conroy, file photo</p>

AP Photo/Michael Conroy, file photo

Illinois is en route to 70 mph speed limits, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:

Illinois Tollway officials Thursday moved one step closer to a 70 mph Illinois speed limit, but only on rural tollway areas far from Chicago.

In addition, the tollway board of directors approved a plan to increase the minimum speed limit from 45 mph to 55 mph where the speed limit is 65 mph or will become 70 mph.

Under a proposal approved Thursday, 70 mph speed limits would begin as early as January 2014 for:

◆ A 6-mile segment of the Tri-State Tollway in Lake County near the Wisconsin border, pending a speed limit increase on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin. Trucks weighing more than 4 tons would still be limited to 55 mph.

◆ A 64-mile segment of the Reagan Memorial Tollway, starting near the western edge of Kane County and moving west to Sterling. The speed limit on 8 miles in Kane County would remain at 55 for trucks weighing more than 4 tons.

[Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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