By Blake Haas
BLOOMINGTON – Illinois’ Senior Senator is pointing the finger at energy companies for the high gas prices.
According to Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, energy companies are using their power to push out higher gas prices.
“Well, it is tough,” he told WJBC’s Scott Miller. “People (should) be mad about it, and I am. I’m sick about it too, because there is no basis for this based on market forces, supply, and demand. It’s all about the control of virtual monopolies on our lives.”
In central Illinois, gas prices remained high over the week but remained unchanged from last week, sitting at $4.83 a gallon.
“The good news is America is back to work. The bad news is prices are too damn high. People are talking about it in terms of food and gasoline. Look at the baby formula situation, I mean, it is just an economy that is trying to get back on track, and it will be some time before it happens.”
According to GasBuddy, prices across the state are 47 cents higher than a month ago and more than $1.63 higher than a year ago.
Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com.