Gas prices up across the country; Illinois gas has risen 46 cents over the week

The national average has risen 46 cents over the week, averaging $4.06 a gallon. (WJBC file photo)

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois gas prices are on the rise, up 46 cents over the week, averaging $4.31 a gallon.

According to GasBuddy, prices in the state are 70 cents higher than a month ago and $1.43 more expensive compared to this time last year.

The cheapest station in Illinois is priced at $3.57 while the most expensive is $5.19, according to GasBuddy price reports.

The national average has risen 46 cents over the week, averaging $4.06 a gallon.

“There are few words to describe the unprecedented rise in gasoline prices over the last week, with massive spikes coast to coast in both gasoline and diesel prices, as oil prices jump to their highest since 2008. Forget the $4 per gallon mark, the nation will soon set new all-time record highs and we could push closer to a national average of $4.50/gal. California could be heading for $5.50 per gallon with more stations charging $6 and beyond,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

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