In a few short days 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.

That's one way to change your clock. Permanently. (Getty Images)
That's one way to change your clock. Permanently. (Getty Images)

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 77 percent of Americans were in favor of stopping the twice-yearly adjustments. 16 percent wanted to keep it. A small percentage 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.

4 days from now, daylight saving time will start on Sunday, March 10th, more than a full week before the official start of Spring. Daylight saving time will end on November 3rd.

Waterfront Home with Amazing Kitchen for Sale on Rockford's National Ave

This is the most incredible kitchen of any home I've ever seen for sale in Rockford. This Rock River home certainly falls in the 'dream house' category.

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READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

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