Chicago Gas Prices Again Highest In Nation

AAA reports area commuters are paying $4.38 in Chicago and $4.19 in the suburbs

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    After dropping for the past eight weeks, gas prices are back up and Chicago again has the highest in the country.

    Unleaded gas is up to $3.54 a gallon nationwide, and AAA reports area commuters are paying $4.38 in Chicago and $4.19 in the suburbs.

    Chicago Has Priciest Gas in U.S.

    [CHI] Chicago Has Priciest Gas in U.S.
    Refinery issues, storms and a switch to the summer blend all contributing factors in price jump. Natalie Martinez reports.

    Gas prices dropped slightly last month across the country with a national average of $3.52 per gallon. While Chicago gas prices were almost 3 percent lower than a year ago, they were up more than 7 percent within a week.

    Experts blamed severe recent flooding on the spike. The April floods led to concerns about gasoline production at the Whiting, Ind., plan and work at the refinery in Joliet, a AAA spokeswoman said. Flood waters on roads also slowed distribution, resulting in higher prices.

    Flooding Forces Gas Prices Up

    [CHI] Flooding Forces Gas Prices Up
    AAA says gas prices in the Chicago area up $.30 or more since last week's rain and flooding.

    That's nothing new in Chicago.

    In February, city gas prices rose for 31 straight days and reached a historic high for the month.

    Chicago gas prices hit a record last May when AAA reported regular unleaded gas hit an average of $4.67 a gallon in the city and $4.51 in the suburbs.