Illinois

New law will increase highway speed limits in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL - A new law, sponsored by Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago), will increase the speed limit on certain highways to 70 miles-per-hour.

"As Chairman of the Transportation Committee, I believe that Illinois needs to come into line with surrounding states and the rest of the country," stated Sandoval. "However, I was also able to work with the Illinois State Police to ensure that public safety on our roadways was not sacrificed by increasing the speed limit."

Illinois drivers banned from using hand-held phones

Chicago, Illinois -Governor Pat Quinn signed two bills into law aimed to reduce accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Drivers in Illinois are no longer allowed to use hand-held mobile phones, and penalties have been increased for those who cause an accident because they were using these devices.

Starting January 1, 2014 motorists are prohibited from using a mobile phone or any other communication device. Hands-free devices are an exception, including those with headsets that can make a call using just one button, or a voice command.

Sandoval honored by Federation of Women Contractors, Governor Quinn

Chicago, Illinois -State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) was the special guest speaker at the Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) member luncheon at the East Bank Club. Senator Sandoval's effort to stimulate the economy was recognized with the 'Diversity Super Star Award'.

Senator Sandoval Brings $1.5 Million to Senka Park

Chicago, Illinois – Senator Sandoval, who led the fight in 1997 to convert the old railroad yard into the current forty million dollar Senka-Sandoval school-park campus, today announced a 1.5 million facelift to the park. Both Alderman Burke and Zalewski along with the Senka-Sandoval Community Council, represented by Vice President Martin Sandoval II and VP of Infrastructure and Facilities Mike Perez, supported Senator Sandoval.

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