August 26, 2014
To the Honorable
Members of the
Illinois Senate, 98th
In accordance with
Article IV, Section 9(b), of the Illinois Constitution, I hereby veto Senate
Bill 2015 of the 98th General Assembly.
Senate Bill 2015
seeks to change the maximum speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on all toll
highways under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
shows that drivers already travel at excessive speeds on Illinois toll highways.
The THA conducted a study of drivers on I-94 in Lake County in 2013 and found
that 71 percent of drivers sampled exceeded the posted speed limit by more than
15 miles per hour. A second, more thorough study conducted by the THA measured
speeds on seven different toll highway segments and found that between 91 and
98 percent of drivers exceeded posted speed limits by rates ranging from 11 to 15
miles per hour during off-peak hours. As I stated in my veto of Senate Bill
930, which increases the speed limit for large trucks on interstate highways, studies
show that increased traffic speeds lengthen vehicle stopping distances, produce
more violent collisions, and ultimately, increase the loss of human life.
As with Senate Bill
930, the convenience of increased speeds for drivers on Illinois tollways does
not outweigh the safety risks to children, families, and our dedicated public
Accordingly, I must
return this bill without my approval. Therefore, pursuant to Article IV,
Section 9 (b) of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return Senate Bill
2015, entitled “AN ACT concerning government.”, with the foregoing objections,
vetoed in its entirety.