You may have already heard that in the new year Illinois' speed limit will rise to 70 on many highways, and that you can no longer talk on your cell phone while driving unless it's hands free.
If you're driving and are on your cell phone, or some other electronic device, and cause a crash that results in someone getting badly hurt or dying, the penalty is now steeper.
Illinois is also removing wiggle-room in the sentencing of drivers who are at fault for causing an accident that kills someone -- whether or not a cell phone was involved.
A bill sitting on the governor’s desk would ban Illinois drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. The measure would still allow motorists to use hands free devices. But some want a law restricting that option as well.