Gas prices predicted to rise even higher headed into spring

AURORA, Ill. (AP) Gas prices across Illinois and Indiana continue to rise heading into March with drivers paying slightly more than they did a month ago and considerably more than a year ago. Illinois drivers are paying $2.30 on average, a minor increase from $2.28 they paid a month ago, but up from $1.79 a year ago. Indiana drivers are paying on average $2.21, up from $2.14 a month ago and considerably higher than the $1.70 price per gallon they paid a year ago.

“We expect the region’s prices to remain volatile well into March,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group, “Refiners will begin to make the switch over to the summer-blend gasoline, which always comes with higher prices at the pump.”

In February in Illinois, gas prices averaged $2.29, which was down $.13 from January but still $.65 higher than a year ago. In northern Indiana, gas prices averaged $2.16 in February, which was down $.10 from January but $.64 higher than February 2016.