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Full Text of HB4224  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 1/5/2022, by Rep. Sue Scherer


5 ILCS 440/1  from Ch. 1, par. 3201

    Amends the Time Standardization Act. Provides that Daylight Saving Time shall be the year-round standard time of the entire State.

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1    AN ACT concerning government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. This Act may be referred to as the Sunshine
5Saving Act.
6    Section 3. Findings.
7    (a) The General Assembly finds and declares the following:
8        (1) Based upon federal requirements, the majority of
9    the states, including Illinois, advance the standard time
10    of the state by one hour on the second Sunday of March of
11    each year through the first Sunday of November, which
12    constitutes what is referred to as Daylight Saving Time.
13        (2) Daylight Saving Time lasts for 8 months, which
14    means that the citizens of this State live more months
15    under Daylight Saving Time than the standard time that
16    would exist without the time change due to Daylight Saving
17    Time.
18        (3) Studies have shown that making Daylight Saving
19    Time permanent could have the following benefits: (i)
20    reduce car crashes and accidents involving pedestrians;
21    (ii) reduce risk for cardiac issues, stroke, and seasonal
22    depression; (iii) reduce robberies, due to more daylight
23    in the evenings; (iv) increase economic activity; (v)



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1    reduce childhood obesity and increase physical fitness;
2    (vi) help the agricultural industry by eliminating
3    biannual disruptions in farmers' schedules and supply
4    chain partners; and (vii) reduce energy usage.
5        (4) Many states have introduced bills and resolutions
6    concerning Daylight Saving Time, including at least 19
7    states in the last 4 years that have enacted legislation
8    or passed resolutions to provide for year-round Daylight
9    Saving Time.
10    (b) Following the trend set by the many states of
11legislation on the topic of Daylight Saving Time, the General
12Assembly finds and declares that Daylight Saving Time should
13be the year-round standard time of the entire State and that
14this legislation is necessary for and beneficial to the people
15of Illinois. The General Assembly further urges that the
16Congress of the United States undertake the matter as well.
17    Section 5. The Time Standardization Act is amended by
18changing Section 1 as follows:
19    (5 ILCS 440/1)  (from Ch. 1, par. 3201)
20    Sec. 1. Notwithstanding how time is advanced pursuant to
21the federal Uniform Time Act of 1966, 15 U.S.C. 260a, at At two
22o'clock ante meridian of the second Sunday in March of 2023
23each year, the standard time in this State shall be advanced
24one hour; and thereafter, Daylight Saving Time shall be the



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1year-round standard time of the entire State , and at two
2o'clock ante meridian of the first Sunday in November of each
3year the standard time in this State shall, by the retarding of
4one hour, be made to coincide with the mean astronomical time
5of the ninety degrees of longitude West from Greenwich, the
6standard official time of which is described as United States
7standard central time, so that between the second Sunday of
8March at two o'clock ante meridian in each year and the first
9Sunday in November at two o'clock ante meridian in each year
10the standard time in this State shall be one hour in advance of
11the United States standard central time: Provided, however,
12that nothing in this Act shall be so construed as to be in
13contravention of any federal law or authorized order of the
14Interstate Commerce Commission with respect to the time zones
15of the United States. And in all laws, statutes, orders,
16judgments, rules and regulations relating to the time of
17performance of any act of any officer or department of this
18State, or of any county, township, city or town, municipal
19corporation, agency or instrumentality of the State, or school
20district or school authority or relating to the time in which
21any rights shall accrue or determine, or within which any act
22shall or shall not be performed by any person subject to the
23jurisdiction of the State, and in all the public schools and in
24all institutions of the State, or of any county, township,
25city or town, municipal corporation, agency or instrumentality
26of the State or school district or school authority, and in all



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1contracts or choses in action made or to be performed in the
2State, it shall be understood and intended that the time shall
3be the time prescribed in this Section.
4    If the date on which time is to be advanced one hour, the
5date on which time is to be retarded one hour, or both, as set
6forth under Section 260a of the federal Uniform Time Act of
71966 (15 U.S.C. 260a), as now or hereafter amended,
8renumbered, or succeeded, differs from either or both of those
9dates as set forth under this Section, then the dates set forth
10under the federal law shall control and shall apply in
11Illinois, notwithstanding the dates set forth in this Section.
12(Source: P.A. 95-725, eff. 6-30-08.)