Where can you drive 70 in Illinois? Follow the green lines

Beginning Jan. 1, 87 percent of Interstate highways in Illinois have a speed limit of 70 mph. That's roughly 98 percent of all rural Interstates. The new limit takes effect as soon as new signs are posted.

The new law, passed by the General Assembly last spring, was pushed in part as a bonus for business in Illinois. Proponents said the state's 65 mph limit impeded trucking and other business traffic that could move faster in surrounding states.

Lines in green show highways with a speed limit of 70 mph.

Illinois Speed Limits

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Matthew Dietrich is Reboot's executive editor. An award-winning journalist, Dietrich is the former editorial page editor of the State Journal Register in Springfield. He believes in holding our politicians accountable. Read Dietrich’s take on the leadership vacuum that sent Illinois sinking. You can find Reboot on Facebook at and on Twitter @rebootillinois.

Tags: 70 mph speed limit, BUSINESS, interstate highway map, Illinois Department of Transportation