Illinois gas prices up 18 cents over the week

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According to GasBuddy price reports, prices in the state are 79 cents higher than a month ago and $2.35 higher than a year ago. (WJBC file photo)

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois gas prices continue to rise, up about 18 cents over the past week, averaging $5.62 a gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, prices in the state are 79 cents higher than a month ago and $2.35 higher than a year ago.

The national average has risen 15 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging just over $5 a gallon.

“For the first time ever, last week saw the national average reach the $5 per gallon mark, as nearly every one of the nation’s 50 states saw prices jump. For now, the upward momentum may slow down, but prices are still just one potential supply jolt away from heading even higher,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

The price of diesel has fallen 4 cents nationally in the past week and stands at $5.50 per gallon.

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

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