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Holiday Traffic A Turkey This Thanksgiving

Take a couple of million cars,  stir in some crappy weather, add a dash of rain and sleet and you have a traffic nightmare.

That’s essentially what Chicago’s traffic was like today with hundreds of thousands of Chicago area residents driving somewhere for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Normally high holiday traffic was made even worse by rain and sleet that sporadically pelted Chicago area highways and streets just as the Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend kicked off, extending travel times everywhere.

AAA: Expect More Traffic This Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day holiday traffic always sucks.

This year, it’s going to suck worse than last year according to AAA.

The Chicago-based motorist organization estimates a 9.9% increase in the number of people traveling this holiday weekend compared to 2009. In the Chicago area, AAA estimates 1.92 million people will be on the road this weekend, an 11.3% increase over last year.

AAA’s director of Public Affairs, Beth Mosher, attributes these increased numbers to an improving economy.

Speed Limit Smackdown

Debate Over Boosting Illinois’ Speed Limit To 70 Heats Up

By Diana Novak

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lor: #ff6600;”>This story reported in partnership with Fox News Chicago.

Illinois lawmakers are preparing to consider raising the speed limit on highways outside of Chicago from 65 to 70 mph.

But two prominent national motorist organizations are at odds over the proposed bill.

One would think the AAA Motor Club and the National Motorists Association (NMA) want the same thing.

The NMA and AAA both claim support for drivers’ rights and member’s interests as the foundation of their organizations—but what happens when they can’t agree on what is best for their constituents?

The NMA has just under 100 of their few thousand members in the Chicagoland area, while the AAA has about 940,000 between Chicago and northwest Indiana, and 52 million nationwide.

Like parents arguing over what is best for their children, the NMA and AAA are throwing down over Illinois Senate Bill 3668, a plan to raise highway speed limits outside the Chicago metropolitan area from 65 mph to 70 mph. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Illinois would be the 34th state to implement such speed limit increase.