Chicago Gas Prices Highest in Nation: Report

Chicago drivers pay $4.14 a gallon according to a U.S. Energy Department survey

By Jaime Elich
|  Thursday, Jun 2, 2011  |  Updated 2:26 PM CDT
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Chicago ranks No. 1 in a new government survey, and not in a good way.
   
Prices at the pump are the highest in Chicago among 10 cities surveyed each week by the U.S. Energy Department. Los Angeles and San Francisco are the runners-up.

Chicago drivers are paying $4.14 on average for a regular gallon of gas, even though prices are down 25 cents a gallon since hitting record highs in early May.

Analysts blame taxes that are the steepest in the nation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports

Gas prices also go up in the summer because of federal requirement for a more expensive pollution reducing fuel grade, commonly known as "summer blend." 

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