Illinois considers ditching time change

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Opinion

January 6, 2020 - 9:40 AM

A proposal in the Illinois Legislature to make Daylight Saving Time permanent would mean residents there wouldn’t change their clocks twice a year. The Legislature would trade elimination of this minor inconvenience for a world of hassle in border regions like St. Louis and the Metro East, where those who commute across the state line daily would, for part of the year, have to adjust to time changes with each crossing.

There are good arguments both for and against scuttling the biannual changing of the clocks. But as other states talk about doing what Illinois is considering, it’s increasingly clear that there’s no good argument for allowing an inconsistent patchwork in which states are setting their clocks differently from neighboring states for part of the year.

The issue should be settled one way or the other by federal legislation.

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