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AAA: Gas Prices Rise Slightly As Drivers Look toward Fall

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Beth Mosher
phone: 630.328.7234
September 02, 2016
AURORA, Ill., September 2, 2016 — After dropping for two months, pump prices are again on the rise in Illinois and northern Indiana heading into Labor Day weekend. Illinois prices are averaging $2.33, an increase from $2.15 a month ago but still down considerable from $2.73 a year ago. Indiana drivers are paying on average $2.27, up from $2.11 a month ago but still nearly $.20 lower than a year ago.
 
“The Midwest faced some refinery issues this past month which drove prices higher, especially in the Chicago metro region and in Indiana.” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group, “As these issues have now been fixed, drivers should start to see prices come back down again as we head into the fall season.”
 
In August in Illinois, gas prices averaged $2.25, which was down $.01 from July and $.60 less than a year ago. In northern Indiana, gas prices averaged $2.19 in August, which was up $.06 from July and down $.62 from August 2015.
 
Other August monthly averages across the region:
 
In Cook County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.48, which is down $.03 from last month and $.70 lower than last year’s price-per-gallon.
In DuPage County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.33 per gallon, which is a $.07 increase from July and down $.67 from last year.
In Kane County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.30 per gallon, which is up $.05 compared to last month and $.67 lower than last year’s price.
In Lake County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.32 per gallon, which is $.07 higher than last month and down by $.66 compared to this time last year.
In McHenry County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.28 per gallon, which is $.02 higher than last month’s average and $.69 lower than last year.
In Will County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.28 per gallon, which is $.01 higher compared to last month and $.65 lower compared to last year.
In Champaign County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.11 per gallon, an increase of $.06 from July and $.48 lower than last year.
In McLean County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.15 per gallon, which is $.07 higher than last month and $.44 lower than last year.
In Peoria County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.12 per gallon, which is up $.05 compared to last month and down $.47 from August 2015.
In Sangamon County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.11 per gallon, which is $.07 higher than last month and $.49 lower than last year.
In Winnebago County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.13 per gallon, a decrease of $.09 from July and $.64 lower than August 2015.
In Allen County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.11 per gallon, which is $.07 higher than last month and $.49 lower than August 2015’s price.
In Lake County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.18 per gallon, which is up $.06 from July’s average and is a $.63 decrease from a year ago.
In Porter County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.23 per gallon, which is $.06 higher than last month and $.58 lower than last year.
In St. Joseph County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $2.14 per gallon, which is $.03 higher compared to last month and $.48 lower than last year.
 
 
Fuel prices are posted on-line at www.fuelgaugereport.com, which updates prices daily for unleaded, diesel and E85 blends of fuel. 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.
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