The price of gas in Illinois has taken off. The statewide average is $4.17, according to the Triple-A Fuel Gauge Report (http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp). That’s up 21 cents over the last week, 20 cents over the last month, and 43 cents compared to last year at this time. Beth Mosher of the Triple-A Chicago Motor Club explains the situation: “It’s refinery issues that have produced some supply shortages, really across Illinois and across the Midwest as well,” she said.
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In the continental United States, only Michigan ($4.24) has a higher price than Illinois, but Wisconsin ($4.02) and Indiana ($4.17) are both also over $4. Mosher says this is the time of year when gas is typically the most expensive. The record for Illinois is $4.32, set in 2011. (Fuel Gauge Report prices are not adjusted for inflation.)