Local lawmakers speak out about speed limit increase

By WEEK Producer

May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- You may be able to step on the gas a little more across the Land of Lincoln.

On Wednesday, the Illinois House passed a bill that would increase speed limits on interstates from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

It would allow Chicago and Saint Louis area counties to opt out of the higher limits if they so choose.

Local lawmakers we spoke to though had very different views on the increase.

"Yes I voted for the 70 mile speed limit increase. I think it fits with what the rest of the states around us are doing. It makes sense for us, especially in the rural areas, and we're only talking about the rural interstate areas for the speed limit to be increased," said State Senator Dave Koehler, (D) 46th District.

"I was a no. I've been consistently a no when it comes to raising the speed limit. We've changed the speed limit now three times since I've been here and all I know is that we got another cost now coming to us, we're going to change signs again. And if you start at 65, they're going 70 anyway. You go to 70, they're going to go 75 or 80 anyway. So I was a no," said State Representative Dan Brady, (R) 105th District.

The bill has already passed through the Senate, so now it awaits Governor Quinn's signature to become law.