Illinois' efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads is earning recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. MADD has given the state its highest rating for drunk-driving prevention.
Illinois has earned five stars in MADD's 2014 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving report, which was released Thursday. Some of the reasons cited in the report: the state's use of sobriety check points and an all-offender ignition interlock law that took effect in 2009.
Ameren Missouri and Illinois crews are also dealing with the perilous conditions.
There are nearly 53-hundred customers in St. Clair County without power and 500 in Macoupin County without power in Illinois.
In Missouri, crews are working to restore power to a dozen customers in St. Charles and about 30 customers in St. Louis County. The St. Louis County customers have been affected by a downed power line at Lindbergh and Schuetz. Over 600 customers in Jefferson County are crossing their fingers that power will be restored to them soon.
CHICAGO (AP) — Drivers in St. Louis southern Illinois suburbs will soon see their top speed limit increased to 70 miles per hour.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says about 87 percent of interstate highways and 98 percent of rural interstates under its jurisdiction will be increased to 70 under the new law taking effect January 1st.
IDOT officials say crews will start installing 70 mph signs and removing 65 mph signs in early January.
Transportation officials urge motorists to obey posted speed limits. They say the 70 mile per hour speed limit will be in effect on segments of Illinois interstates that can accommodate the higher speed while maintaining safety.
About 28 percent of the Illinois Tollway's 286-mile system will be increased to 70 miles per hour.