Gas prics rose in September across the country. The average price for a gallon of gas is 31 cents higher than a year ago. File photo | Sun-Times Media
The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Illinois increased 4 cents in September, with an average cost of $4.07 for the month, according to AAA Chicago’s most recent Fuel Gauge Report. That price is 31 cents higher than a year ago.
In northern Indiana, gas prices averaged $3.99 in September, down a penny from August 2012 and up 35 cents from September 2011. Average prices for Illinois, Chicago and Indiana were unusually higher in September than over the summer, attributable to record-low supplies, a release from AAA Chicago said.
“Motorists are frustrated because gas prices are on the rise at a time of year when they typically begin to decline,” AAA Chicago spokeswoman Beth Mosher said in a statement. “Despite an end to the busy driving season, record-low supplies are preventing drivers from catching much of a break.”
And the outlook for the rest of the year does not look good, AAA says. Nationally, AAA expects prices to continue to break daily records and it may be until November before prices start to decline.
As of Thursday, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Chicago was $4.286, according to AAA. A year ago that same gallon of gas was $3.825. In the overall Chicago area, the average was $4.031, up from $3.630 a year ago. In Gary, Ind., the cost averaged $3.818, down from $4.050 a month ago but up from $3.311 this time a year ago.
In Cook County, self-serve regular unleaded averages $4.32, up 2 cents from last month and 36 cents from last year.
In DuPage County, gasoline averages $4.15 per gallon, a 1-cent decrease from August and up 32 cents from last year.
In Lake County, Ind., self-serve regular unleaded averages $3.99 per gallon, a 2-cent decrease from August and a 34-cent increase from a year ago.
In Porter County, Ind., it was $3.97 per gallon, 2 cents lower than last month and 34 cents higher than last year.