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Gas Prices Rise, Still Lower Than Last Year

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Gas prices in Illinois and Iowa are the highest they've been in six months, but still lower than a year ago. The average price in Illinois is $2.34 a gallon, up 24 cents from a month ago. Iowa is paying an average of $2.13, a 12 cent increase from last month.


Beth Mosher, spokeswoman from AAA Chicago, says gas prices are increasing all over the country because of increased demand during warmer weather.
 
Right now in Iowa, gas costs 21 cents less than Illinois. Mosher says that's always the case.

 

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Illinois has higher taxes, Chicagoland has more expensive type of gas

Gas prices in both Illinois and Iowa are expected to slowly increase in the next few months, but overall, drivers will save more compared to last year.

Over the last year, Illinois drivers saved more money on gas than any other state except Alaska, compared to the previous year.

In the Illinois Quad Cities, a gallon of gas averages $2.17, 18 cents higher than a month ago. And in the Iowa Quad Cities, it's $2.02, up seven cents.