A little less than two weeks from now (March 14th, to be exact) we get to take part in that much-beloved ritual of setting our clocks ahead. If an Illinois state representative gets his way, this could be one of the last times we have to do that.

Republican State Representative Tim Butler has introduced legislation to put our state on Standard Time year-round.

If you're thinking that you've seen and heard this old song and dance before, it might be because you've seen and heard this old song and dance before. Multiple times.


Now an official in Gov. JB Pritzker's administration, Andy Manar introduced a bill in 2019 that would have put Illinois on daylight time perpetually. The Senate passed it 44-2-2, but it languished in the House. "They made a compelling case on why the arbitrary nature of changing time twice a year doesn’t make sense anymore in our society,” Manar said at the time.

Switching to year-round Standard Time would give us earlier sunrises and sunsets during the summer, but some of those who are in the year-round Daylight Saving Time (DST) camp argue that summertime sunrises could be as early as 4:30am. One of the arguments against year-round DST is that kids would going to school in the dark.

So, where do you fall on the issue? It's not just a matter of getting rid of those annoying "spring forward-fall back" clock adjustment days. It's turning into an argument about what we go with when we eventually dump the hour-forward or hour-back formats.

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