Area motorists are riding the wave of a continued losing streak when it comes to gasoline prices, according to the latest numbers from the AAA Chicago Motor Club.
Prices are incresing in Illinois, Indiana and elsewhere in the Midwest while the cost of a gallon of gas has dropped in much of the United States, according to the AAA.
Illinois and Indiana drivers are paying on average $4.05 and $3.96 respectively for a gallon of regular unleaded. Illinois averages are among the highest in the nation, and with a price of $4.44, Chicago has the highest city average in the continental U.S., according to AAA.
“Gas prices in Illinois, Indiana and the Midwest continue to increase largely due to refinery issues in Illinois and northern Indiana,” AAA Chicago spokeswoman Beth Mosher said in a statement. “These issues have significantly disrupted supply for the region and have sent prices higher. We do expect to see prices ease toward the end of June when the refinery issues are scheduled to be resolved and supply return to comfortable levels.”
As of Wednesday morning, the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded in the city was $4.471, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. This is up 10 cents from a week ago. In the Chicago metro area, that same gallon was $4.283 on Wednesday morning.
May monthly averages across the region:
• In Cook County, $4.29, up 22 cents from last month and 9 cents from last year.
• In DuPage County, $4.14, a 25-cent increase from April and $.3011 from last year.
• In Lake County, Ill., $4.11, 24 cents higher than last month and 11 higher than this time last year.
• In Lake County, Ind., $3.96, a 21-cent increase from April’ and 7-cent increase from a year ago.