A little over two weeks from now we get to take part in that much-beloved ritual of setting our clocks ahead. In spite of multiple efforts from Illinois state lawmakers over the years, we still have to do this clock-changing routine twice a year.

If we ever do end up dumping clock-changing as a societal habit, get ready for the gigantic arguments over which is better, standard time or daylight saving time. For now though, you have one job, and that's clock changing.

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Illinois Is Among The 48 States That, While Complaining Heavily, Observe Daylight Saving Time

It's pretty crazy that as much as the American public hates the bi-annual clock changing ritual we just keep on doing it. The last polling information I saw on springing ahead and falling back showed that 63 percent of Americans were in favor of stopping the twice-yearly adjustments. 16 percent wanted to keep it, and 21 percent apparently needed to give it a lot more thought.

When it comes to getting rid of the twice-yearly clock changes through a change in the law, lawmakers on every level are still weighing the options.


In Illinois, State Rep Bob Morgan (D-Highwood) has proposed legislation to make daylight saving time the year-round standard time for the entire state. Currently, House Bill 1192, which was brought in front of the Illinois General Assembly last year, is pending.

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There's Also A Very Strong Argument To Make Standard Time Our Default Setting

Which, when you look at the particulars of both Standard and Daylight Saving Time, is a very strong argument.

Enough Of The Arguing Back And Forth Over DST and Standard Time--Here's What You Wanted To Know

Here in Illinois, and throughout the 48 states that observe time change in the United States, daylight saving time lasts for a total of 34 weeks, running from early-to-mid March to the beginning of November in those states that observe it.

Next month, daylight saving time will start on Sunday, March 10th, more than a full week before the official start of Spring (March 19th). Daylight saving time will end on November 3rd.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

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