When Illinois Springs Forward, It May Never Fall Back: Senate Approves Bill To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Mike Krauser
November 13, 2019 - 12:54 pm
Daylight Saving Time

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In four months, Illinois could spring forward and never fall back. That's right, Illinois is one step closer to doing away with the twice-a-year time changes.  

The Illinois Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent, beginning with when Illinoisans set their clocks forward again on the second Sunday of March 2020, eliminating the switch to Daylight Standard Time in Fall.

Senator Andy Manar, from Decatur, introduced the bill that would make Daylight Saving Time the year-round standard in Illinois.

"But this came to me from a group of students, who made a compelling case on why the arbitrary nature of changing time doesn't make sense anymore," he said.

Senator Linda Holmes, from Aurora, said why not make year-round standard time?

"There's been a lot of medical studies on this. Overtime Daylight Saving Time eliminates bright morning light that is crucial to synchronizing your biological clock," she said. "We really need the maximum amount of daylight to be functioning."

Senator Dave Syverson, from Rockford, raised a practical point.

"For those of us along the Wisconsin border, is that meeting at 8 o'clock or 9 o'clock or is it 7 o'clock?" he said.

It would require Congress to okay the change. If passed, Illinois would become the third state in the U.S. to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. So far, Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that don't observe the time change.