AAA: January Gas Prices Highest Ever for This Time of Year

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AAA Chicago's most recent Fuel Gauge Report estimates that in Illinois, regular unleaded gasoline has increased $.16 during the past month, forecasting an average cost of $3.22 per gallon for the month of January, which is $.38 higher per gallon than last year.

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In northern Indiana, gas prices average $3.09, which is up 16 cents from December 2010 and up $.32 from January 2010. Both Illinois and northern Indiana January averages represent the highest prices ever for the start of a new year.

"Oil prices are trading at nearly $90 per barrel, which is having an enormous effect on the price of gasoline at the pump," said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. "Unfortunately, at least in the near-term, consumers should get used to paying these high prices at the pump."

  • In Cook County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.37, which is up $.18 from last month and $.41 higher than last year's price-per-gallon.
  • In DuPage County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.25 per gallon, which is a 15-cent increase from December and up 39 cents from last year.
  • In Kane County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.22 per gallon, which is 16 cents higher compared to last month and $.38 higher than January 2010's price.
  • In Lake County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.20 per gallon, which is 17 cents higher than last month and up by $.37 compared to this time last year.
  • In McHenry County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.20 per gallon, which is 17 cents higher than last month's average and $.35 higher than January 2010's price.
  • In Will County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.23 per gallon, which is 16 cents higher compared to last month and $.39 higher compared to last year.
  • In Champaign County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.15 per gallon, an increase of 19 cents from December and an increase of $.38 from last year.
  • In McLean County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.11 per gallon, which is 18 cents higher than last month and $.38 higher than last year.
  • In Peoria County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.14 per gallon, which is up $.19 compared to last month and up $.39 from January 2010.
  • In Sangamon County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.12 per gallon, which is 19 cents higher than last month and $.43 higher than last year.
  • In Winnebago County, Ill., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.12 per gallon, an increase of 15 cents from December and $.33 higher than January 2010.
  • In Allen County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.11 per gallon, which is an increase of 17 cents from last month and $.34 higher than January 2010's price.
  • In Lake County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.09 per gallon, a 16-cent increase from December's average and a $.32 increase from a year ago.
  • In Porter County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.08 per gallon, which is 16 cents higher than last month and $.32 higher than last year.
  • In St. Joseph County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averages $3.14 per gallon, which is 20 cents higher compared to last month and $.39 higher compared to last year.

Fuel prices are posted on-line at www.fuelgaugereport.com, which updates prices daily for unleaded, diesel and E85 blends of fuel.

SOURCE AAA



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