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Quinn won't say if he supports 70 mph speed limit

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:06 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn isn't saying whether he'd support legislation boosting the speed limit on Illinois interstates and tollways.

The Illinois Senate approved a measure 41-6 Wednesday raising the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph. The bill awaits a House vote. If Quinn signs it, the new speed limit could take effect at the start of next year.

Quinn told reporters Thursday that he wants to see what House members do. He says when it comes to roads, it's all about safety and he wants to hear from other transportation officials.

A bill sponsor is Republican Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove. He says the move would put Illinois in line with dozens of states that already have a higher speed limit.

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The bill is SB2356

Online: www.ilga.gov

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