It's the first of two times this year that you'll need to change the three clocks in your home that doesn't do it automatically. Yes, it's daylight saving time and it begins this Sunday at 2 a.m. Residents in Iowa and Illinois will lose an hour of sleep and an hour of bar time this Sunday but the sun will stick around a little bit longer. Plus, Illinois residents need to be following a new smoke detector law.

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In Iowa and Illinois, daylight saving time is still a thing and because it's spring, we'll be springing forward one hour Sunday morning. We'll be going from 1:59 a.m. to 3 a.m. so fast, you won't even notice because you'll probably be sleeping.

closeup of a young caucasian man adjusting the time of a clock

Why do Iowa and Illinois still recognize daylight saving time? Isn't there a bill in each state to get rid of it?

KING-TV says that both states have tried or are trying. Illinois has had several bills introduced but all have died off since the final session in January 2023.

Iowa has a live bill on the floor but even if it gets passed, nothing can happen until the bill gets federal approval.


You'll lose sleep but get more daylight. Well, the sun will be shining later.

Okay, technically we won't get really any more daylight than we have now, but the sun will be hanging in the sky later in the day because of the time change.

Sunrise on March 9, 2023, is 6:24 a.m., and sunset tonight is 6:02 p.m. On Monday, March 13, 2023, sunrise will be at 7:18 a.m. and sunset will be at 7:06 p.m.

Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Change your clocks, change your batteries. It's the law in Illinois.

Every year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds everyone in the U.S. to change the batteries in their smoke detectors. In Illinois, it's more about changing your actual smoke alarms than the batteries because of a new law.

Illinois' Smoke Alarm Law, which went into effect on January 1, 2023, requires that all single or multi-family homes install smoke alarms with 10-year sealed batteries. The law replaces smoke alarms with removable batteries or those that are not hardwired.

This year in Illinois, it's now “change your clocks, change your smoke alarms” to replace alarms with the new technology once they are past their manufactured date.

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