Gas prices on the rise, AAA reports

Online Staff Report

AURORA, Illinois — Illinois and Indiana gas prices are back on the rise after dropping to their lowest levels since 2009.

The Illinois average price for an unleaded gallon of gasoline is $2.30, up 18 cents from a month ago, but still down from $3.37 a year ago.

In Indiana, the average price is $2.32, up 40 cents from a month ago, but still down from last year’s price of $3.28.

Nationally, gas prices declined a record 123 consecutive days to $2.03 per gallon before increasing last week for the first time since Sept. 25, 2014. The national average price is $2.15 per gallon.

Many drivers are noticing an uptick in gas prices for the first time in months,” said Beth Mosher, AAA Chicago spokesman. “It is typical to see gas prices increase this time of year due to refinery issues, yet hopefully the consumer impact will be less problematic given how low prices are today.”

The average price for January in Illinois was $2.07, a decrease of 40 cents from the previous month and down $1.32 from the previous year. In northern Indiana in January, the average price was $1.94, which was 39 cents lower than last month and $1.33 less than last year.

January monthly averages in Illinois were as follow:

In Winnebago County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $1.98 per gallon, a decrease of 51 cents from December and $1.33 lower than January 2014.

In Cook County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.29, which is down 28 cents from last month and $1.28 lower than last year’s price-per-gallon.

In DuPage County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.12 per gallon, which is a 32-cent decrease from December and down $1.31 from last year.

In Kane County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.10 per gallon, which is down 34 cents compared to last month and $1.32 lower than January 2014’s price.

In Lake County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.10 per gallon, which is 36 cents lower than last month and $1.30 lower than last year’s price.

In McHenry County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.05 per gallon, which is 39 cents lower than last month’s average and $1.38 lower than January 2014’s price.

In Will County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.10 per gallon, which is 32 cents lower compared to last month and $1.29 lower compared to last year.

In Champaign County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $1.98 per gallon, a decrease of 28 cents from December and $1.28 lower than last year.

In McLean County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $1.94 per gallon, which is 32 cents lower than last month and $1.33 lower than last year.

In Peoria County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $1.94 per gallon, which is down 32 cents compared to last month and down $1.36 from January 2014.

In Sangamon County, self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $1.91 per gallon, which is 34 cents lower than last month and $1.38 lower than last year.

Fuel prices are posted online at www.fuelgaugereport.com, which updates prices daily for unleaded, diesel and E85 blends of fuel.

Posted Feb. 6, 2015

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