It will be a faster New Year for Illinois drivers.
Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation raising the speed limit on most Illinois interstates to 70 miles an hour from the current 65.
The higher limit takes effect January 1st.
Quinn says more than 30 other states already have speed limits of 70 or higher.
Quinn approved the bill over the objection of his transportation secretary and state police director, both of whom predicted the faster speeds would lead to more highway accidents and fatalities.
It will cost nearly $200,000 to replace speed limit signs around the state.