The Illinois average price for gasoline this month is $3.51. That’s according to the monthly survey released Monday by the Triple-A Chicago Motor Club, where spokesman Beth Mosher says the price has never before been this high in January.

“Right, which is a little bit foreboding I guess because last January we were saying the same thing, and prices are way up over even last January, so it doesn’t spell good news for the consumer, unfortunately,” she said.

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The price is up 16 cents from December ($3.35) and 29 cents from January of last year ($3.22).

Mosher says it’s hard to say why, since demand is down, other than the price of oil is volatile. Crude oil is now around $100 a barrel.

Mosher says there’s no magic solution. Just drive efficiently and try to use less gas.

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