MACOMB — Sen. Andy Manar looks to make a change so that everyone in Illinois can move their clocks ahead one hour in spring, and never have to change them again.
Sen. Manar said in his Twitter post-Wednesday that he plans to push for passage of Senate Bill 533 when lawmakers return next week for the fall veto session. As a result, the bill will allow people to set their clocks ahead one hour to daylight saving time. If the bill is issued then people can take action Sunday, March 8, 2020, which will leave the state on Central Daylight Time forever.
Manar said the idea for the bill came to him from a High School student on Twitter. The student’s tweet linked to a recent Newsweek article that cited research that suggests the twice-yearly clock changes in most of the United States can cause health impacts.
Daylight saving time was used during the first half of the 20th century. The idea was to move one hour of daylight from morning to evening in order to give people more daylight after work or school. Under the current schedule, clocks are moved forward one hour, to daylight saving time, at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, then moved back one hour, to standard time, the first Sunday in November.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, daylight saving time reduces energy consumption because it reduces the need for household lighting and appliances. More benefits are it helps prevent traffic accidents and reduces crime because more people are traveling to and from work or school and conducting daily activities during daylight hours.
Manar's bill passed out of the State Government Committee on May 23 and has since been referred to another committee. Lawmakers will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday and will continue through Nov. 14. 8, 2020, then leaving the state on Central Daylight Time permanently.