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Lawmakers overturn Quinn veto of higher speed limits for trucks

Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, seen here after casting his vote in the Nov. 4 election, saw Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of his truck speed limit bill overturned on Tuesday.
Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, seen here after casting his vote in the Nov. 4 election, saw Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of his truck speed limit bill overturned on Tuesday. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune)

SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers on Tuesday rejected Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that increases the maximum speed limit from 55 mph to 60 for trucks on interstate highways in Cook County and suburban counties outside of heavily populated areas.

The 103-12 House vote means the bill now becomes law despite the departing governor's objections. Quinn had argued that the speed limit needed to be held to 55 mph, citing fatal accidents that involved big trucks. The bill would result in "increased loss of human life," said Quinn, who noted that higher speeds mean it takes longer for trucks to stop.

Under the law, the maximum speed is 60 mph for a big rig in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties on interstate highways outside urban areas. It will remain 55 mph on all other highways.

The House's vote Tuesday followed last month's overwhelming override vote in the Senate. The measure originated with Sens. Martin Sandoval, a Chicago Democrat who chairs the Transportation Committee, and Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove. The House override was pushed by sponsoring Rep. Martin Moylan, D-Des Plaines.

Quinn vetoed another Oberweis-sponsored speed limit bill that seeks to change the maximum speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on Illinois tollways. The second bill has been overridden in the Senate and is pending in the House. Quinn previously said the convenience of increased speeds for drivers on state tollways does not outweigh the safety risks.

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