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Gas Prices Rising


Thanks to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, gas prices are rising in the Midwest and across the country. Triple-A says the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 11 cents this week, to $3.72.

And it expects pump prices will continue to rise as crude prices continue to climb.

Illinois is one of ten states where the cost of gasoline has gone up the most this week - the average price jumped 31 cents a gallon, to $4.02. Prices in the Chicago area, and even in Peoria, have moved above $4, but in the Illinois Quad Cities area they're slightly lower, ranging from $3.84 in Henry County, to $3.91 in Rock Island County, and $3.95 in Mercer County.

Triple-A reports the average price in Iowa is now $3.72, up about 13 cents during the past week. Prices in the Iowa Quad Cities range from $3.47 in Scott County, to $3.49 in Muscatine County, $3.56 in Clinton County, and the highest is Dubuque County at $3.57.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.