Drivers in Illinois are enjoying relatively mild prices at the gas pump this spring. The average price for a gallon of gasoline is now $2.61, up 15 cents from a month ago, but still down more than a dollar from a year ago.

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According to AAA Chicago spokesperson Beth Mosher, this increase in not unexpected:

“While prices in Illinois rose nearly $.20 in March, due to a number of refinery problems, prices over the past week have fallen nearly $.10. Even with the temporary price spike, prices have remained relatively low and should continue to stay that way through the summer driving season.”

The average price for March in Illinois was $2.51, an increase of $.16 from the previous month and down $1.23 from the previous year. Here in Winnebago County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.43 per gallon in January. It was $2.73 per gallon in Cook County.


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