Today’s Headlines

  • Quinn Vetoes 70 MPH on Tollways: “Convenience Not Worth Safety Risks” (Tribune)
  • Nonprofits Discuss How Ventra Has Affected Transit Assistance for Clients (RedEye)
  • Driver Who Killed Man in Humboldt Had .161 BAC Level 6 Hours Later (Sun-Times)
  • Man Critically Injured in Pileup on Bishop Ford; Driver Arrested (Tribune)
  • Motorist Veers Off U.S. 41 in Highland Park, Crashes Into Office Building (Tribune)
  • Last Chance to Transfer Balances From Old Fare Cards to Ventra (RedEye)
  • Details on the State Street Resurfacing Project (DNA)
  • Tours Offered of Available ‘L’ Station Retail Spaces, Including Some Tiny Ones (DNA)
  • CTA Reminds Students to Get Discounted Ventra Cards From Their Schools (ABC)
  • Meet Adam Clark From Pedal to the People Mobile Bike Repair (DNA)
  • Video: Hinsdale’s Bike-Riding Mosquito Fighters (Tribune)

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  • Brian

    thankfully the bill to raise the speed limits was veto proof- what a complete idiot governor. Traffic safely travels at 70 MPH, so raising the speed limit would only make sense.

  • Mishellie

    I suppose that depends on your definition of “safely” considering the amount of casualties?

  • CL

    “Recent evidence shows that drivers already travel at excessive speeds on Illinois toll highways,” Quinn said in his veto message to lawmakers.

    Right — people drive 70 already. This would just force police to focus enforcement on truly reckless drivers by making it legal to drive 70 mph. There would be little change in behavior, just a change in who is eligible for a speeding ticket.

    I don’t really care if they raise the limit because 70 is informally tolerated anyway. The only benefit I can think of is that there would be less passing and variation in speed because you wouldn’t have the trucks slowly passing each other at 65 mph. Traffic moves more slowly in Ohio, for example (where it’s 70), verses in Indiana where there is a slower speed for trucks.

  • Alex_H

    Wouldn’t raising the limit to 70 just make people feel that it is okay to go 75?

  • CL

    My understanding is that the research shows raising the speed limit doesn’t affect the average speed very much at all. Lack of enforcement means that people are already driving as fast as they feel comfortable going.

  • Rob Rion

    I’m unsure of the point of this bill to begin with. All the rural sections of the tollway are already 70, I-88 west of rt 47. I-90 west of Elgin is under construction to Rockford so that doesn’t count. It will be 70 once complete. I-90 west of Rockford is already 70. I think the point of this bill was to raise the sections that remained at 55 to 70. Those sections are already congested and dangerous. Maybe raising them to 60 or 65 would be ok but not 70. I would have vetoed it too. Not sure why I would vote for someone for Senate who’s only legislative work was to raise the speed limit. It is not a very stellar record for someone who has been trying to get elected to higher office for years.

  • Alex_H

    That surprises me. Would be interested to see that research. It would shock me to learn that the statewide raising to 70 did not increase overall highway speeds in Illinois.

  • CL

    I found this on the DOT website just from googling quickly: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/97084/97084.pdf

    It says that speed limits did increase, but not enough to be of “practical significance.” When you raise and lower the speed limit, the change in average speed is less than 2 mph. I think that’s what would happen here. Speeds would increase, but not by very much.