Illinois’ New Years Laws

Saturday, February 1, 2014 | Written by:

Starting New Year’s Day, Illinoisans will be allowed to drive 70 miles per hour on some highways for the first time. But they’ll have to refrain from talking on hand-held cellphones during those drives.

Those are among more than 200 new Illinois laws that go into effect on Wednesday, the result of action in the past year by the state Legislature and governor.

Jan. 1 is the default start-date for many (though not all) new Illinois laws. That’s distinct from Missouri, where most laws go into effect in August.