The Ridiculous Reason Daylight Saving Time in Illinois is the First Weekend of November
For some reason, I remember Daylight Saving Time is in October and not November.
Turns out I was right. It's just been so long that I and probably many others have forgotten why.
So as I was seething at the thought of losing an hour of daylight, I found an interesting nugget explaining why Daylight Saving Time was moved from the last weekend of October to the first weekend of November.
It's not because Daylight Saving Time sucks, because it does indeed, suck.
It's for the kids.
Specifically, the kids who are doing a bit of trick or treating the weekend before Daylight Saving Time.
From a 2005 USA Today article:
Lawmakers from the House and Senate agreed Thursday to include a provision — part of a larger energy bill — that would start daylight-saving time three weeks earlier, the second Sunday in March, and end it a week later, the first Sunday of November. Kids would have an hour more daylight for trick-or-treating on Halloween.
The change went into effect in the spring of 2007.
So what you're telling me is lawmakers moved Daylight Saving Time back a week so kids could go trick or treating in more daylight?
That's such a bunch of baloney.
Maybe we can get those in charge to get rid of Daylight Saving Time altogether because I don't like having every drop of sunlight gone by the time I head home from work.
Who can I talk to to make that happen?