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SPRINGFIELD -- Truck speeds could rise from 55 to 65 miles per hour on certain four-lane highways in the state, under legislation now heading to the governor's desk.

The Illinois House approved a measure that would make the speed limits for cars and trucks uniform on a number of sections of non-interstate highways outside of Chicago and suburban counties.

The speed limit for trucks on interstate highways outside of the Chicago area already is 65 mph.

State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, spoke against the legislation during the floor debate.

"In fatal accidents, time and time again it was proven with the speed of a larger vehicle coming in contact with a smaller vehicle, that the speed was the major factor and produced serious injuries," Brady said.

Some roads that will be affected if Gov. Pat Quinn signs the legislation include:

• Several four-lane stretches of U.S. 51 between Bloomington and Centralia. In several instances, the speed limit would decrease near towns and cities like Clinton, Decatur, Elwin and Assumption and then increase in more rural areas.

• Illinois Route 92 from 7th Ave. in Rock Island to Interstate 280.

• Parts of Illinois Route 13 from Illinois Route 166 east of Marion to Harrisburg.

• A three-mile stretch of U.S. 45 south of Eldorado.

The House approved the measure by a vote of 82-29.

The legislation is Senate Bill 1913.


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