Senator Jim Oberweis says he will seek an override this fall of a gubernatorial veto of legislation he sponsored to raise the speed limit on Illinois toll highways to 70 miles-per-hour.
Governor Pat Quinn vetoed Senator Oberweis’ Senate Bill 2015 on August 26, citing evidence that tollway drivers already exceed the speed limit in many cases, which can lead to serious accidents.
“The Governor says he vetoed my legislation because data shows that drivers on the tollways are already exceeding the speed limits – which is the same argument opponents used for our original law that now allows the 70 mph limit on other Illinois highways,” Senator Oberweis said. “It is an argument we have already addressed in the original law. Those who exceed the 70 mph limit now face tougher penalties.”
Senator Oberweis said the original law, which took effect January 1, provides public safety enhancements in the form of a lowered threshold upon which the penalty for speeding is increased from a petty offense to a misdemeanor. Speeding in excess of 26 miles per hour but less than 35 mph (currently 31-40 mph) will be a Class B misdemeanor. Speeding in excess of 35 mph (currently 40 mph) will be a Class A misdemeanor.
Senate Bill 2015 was passed by a 111-4 vote of the House of Representatives on May 29 and by a 48-6 vote of the Senate on May 21.
“One of the Governor’s favorite catch-phrases is ‘Let the will of the people be the law of the land,’ yet when he disagrees with the will of the people, he vetoes popular legislation. Senate Bill 2015 was sponsored by 39 lawmakers from both political parties in both the Senate and the House, representing Chicago, suburban and downstate areas of Illinois,” Senator Oberweis said. “It appears that most of lawmakers do not agree with Quinn, and I will be asking them to join me in the fall session to override the Governor’s veto.”