The price of gas has jumped 30 cents over the last month in Illinois. It’s 2.94, up from 2.64 a month ago, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. AAA spokesman Beth Mosher says there are two reasons:
“Gas prices typically climb this time of year. We’re seeing steeper increases in the Illinois and greater Midwest area because we’re experiencing some refinery issues. These are unplanned issues that they’re having and they’ve lessened production to fix the issues that they’re having,” she said.
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Those refineries are the Citgo refinery in Lemont and the Exxon-Mobil facility in Joliet. The problems have not been resolved as yet.
While the price of gas is up, it’s still short of where it was last year at this time, by 97 cents. It was $3.91 in early June 2014.