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Illinois gas tax adds more pain at the pump for Chicagoans

Aug 19, 2015

Illinois gas tax coupled with soaring Midwest gas prices wallop Chicago

Chicagoans saw the average price of a gallon of gas drop below $3 during the week of Aug. 10. But by Aug. 17, prices had soared to $3.63.

The cost of gas rose across the region after the Midwest’s largest refinery shut down on Aug. 8 due to an equipment malfunction, and prices are only expected to continue going up.

On Aug. 10, the average price per gallon in Detroit was $2.55, according to AAA. On Aug. 17, Detroit’s gas prices were up by more than $0.50, at…

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