When Does Illinois “Spring Forward?” Sooner Than You Think
A little over one week 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.
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. 21 percent apparently needed to give it a lot more thought.
In Illinois, legislation to provide for year-round daylight saving time passed the Senate in 2019, but failed to make it through the House. Multiple bills — seven, to be exact — were introduced in Illinois last year to either make DST permanent here or exempt Illinois from the federal Uniform Time Act.
Full-time DST is not currently allowed by federal law, and would require an act of Congress to make a change.
Then, there's the argument for permanent Standard time:
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.
9 days from now, daylight saving time will start on Sunday, March 12th, more than a full week before the official start of Spring. Daylight saving time will end on November 5th.