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Gasoline prices finally reverse course

Gasoline prices dipped for a second straight day on Wednesday, providing a reprieve to motorists after a 20-day streak of gains, even though they’re expected to rise again.

The nationwide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline slipped 0.3 cent to $3.533 on Wednesday, reported the motorist group AAA. In Chicago, gas prices were down 0.3 of a cent overnight to $3.693. A week ago, Chicago gas prices averaged $3.72. 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 »

Gas prices drop ahead of Labor Day

Prices at gasoline stations across the country should keep dropping as travelers hit the road for late-summer trips.

The national average pump price has declined for 17 days in a row, reaching $2.682 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline on Friday, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. The price is 6.3 cents lower than a month ago and about 6.2 cents higher than it was last year at this time.

AAA sees more of us hitting road on Labor Day

The number of Americans expected to travel during the Labor Day weekend  will rise 9.9 percent from 2009 as some aspects of the U.S. economy show signs of improvement, travel and auto group AAA said Wednesday.

Close to 34.4 million travelers will venture at least 50 miles  from home, up from 31.3 million last year when the recession curbed holiday plans, AAA forecast. 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 »