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Ill. average gas price above $4, last seen in July ‘08

Steve Bruski, 22, of Albany Park fills up his car at a Mobil Station at the corner of Fullerton Ave. and Seminary Ave. in Chicago, March 7, 2011. (Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune)

Gas prices across Illinois and Indiana continued to climb in April from continuing unrest in the Middle East and the annual switchover to a more expensive summer blend of gasoline, according to AAA Chicago. It marked the first time the monthly average has been above $4 a gallon since July 2008.

Monthly average prices in Illinois and northern Indiana reached $4.02 and $3.90 respectively, AAA said this morning in its Fuel Gauge Report. In Illinois, regular unleaded gasoline has increased 39 cents during the past month and per-gallon prices are $1.02 higher than last year. Get the full story »

Chicago-area gas prices up 11% in last month

Gas prices continued to rise Monday, driven higher for nearly two weeks straight by the turmoil in Libya, with analysts expecting prices to keep climbing.

In the Chicago area, gas prices have risen 11 percent, or 37 cents, in the last month to an average of $3.716, according to a daily survey by motorist group AAA. U.S. gas prices have increased for 13 days in a row, rising nearly 34 cents in that time, the second-biggest price jump in the history of the gasoline market, according to the Lundberg Survey. Get the full story »

Gas prices top $4 at some Chicago stations

For the first time since the summer of 2008, gasoline prices in Chicago have climbed over the $4 mark.

Prices have climbed above $4 at some stations such as the BP station at Lawrence Avenue and Marine Drive in Uptown which is charging $4.09 for a gallon of regular this morning. Though, AAA reports Chicago gas prices average out at $3.59, which is significantly higher than last year’s $2.80 for a gallon of regular Get the full story »

More Illinois residents to travel for Thanksgiving

Terminal One of O'Hare International Airport. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune)

More than 2 million Illinois travelers will fly or drive to a destination over Thanksgiving weekend this year, a nearly 12 percent increase from the 2009 holiday, AAA Chicago said Tuesday.

The motoring organization said 2.25 million Illinois residents are expected to travel, with 2.1 million in cars and 87,000 flying. The average cost of an unleaded gallon of gasoline is $3.05 in Illinois and $2.90 in neighboring Indiana, AAA Chicago said.

The projected increase in Illinois Thanksgiving travelers is slightly more than what is forecast nationwide. AAA expects an 11.4 percent jump in the number of travelers from 2009, with 42.2 million people going at least 50 miles from their home. Of that amount, 94 percent — 39.7 million people — will be driving. Get the full story »

AAA: 17% more Fourth of July travelers expected

The roads and airports will be more crowded during the July 4 weekend, but travelers will be spending less money.

AAA Chicago projects that the number of Americans traveling the July 4 weekend will rise 17.1 percent from 2009, with 34.9 million travelers taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home.In Illinois, nearly 2 million people will travel for the holiday weekend, defined as July 1 to July 5. That’s a 19.7 percent increase over 2009. Get the full story »