Gas Prices Won't Go Down In Illinois

Cadrene Heslop

After all-time highs, gas prices are going down across the United States. According to Triple-A, the national average for today, April 10, 2022, is $4.12 a gallon for regular. Mid-grade and premium are also in the $4 range, diesel is at $5.01, and E85 is at $3.57.

But gas prices in Illinois are higher than the national average. According to Triple-A, the state's fuel average for today, April 10, 2022, is $4.36 a gallon for regular. Mid-grade is at $4.75. Premium costs $5.14, and diesel is $4.92.

There are slight declines from the previous month, but the drop is slow compared to other states. High gas prices are on the west coast, whereas the lower costs are in the midwest except for Illinois. And reports show the increased diesel costs are pressuring school systems. Some school districts are rethinking travel routes to cut expenses. While others switch to propane-fueled buses, which run for half the operational cost of diesel ones. (source)

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Why are petrol prices high in Illinois?

There are higher taxes imposed on gasoline in the state when compared to others. The state raised its motor fuel tax on July 1, 2021, to 39.2 cents per gallon plus other assorted sales taxes. On top of this is a federal gas tax of 18.4 cents. Another reason cited is the switch from the winter-optimized gas to blends ideal for warmer months. This version is more expensive because of the federal Environmental Protection Agency standards. (source)

According to the American Petroleum Institute, Illinois has the second-highest gas taxes. California is the highest, with taxes of 86.55 cents, whereas Illinois has 78 cents per gallon. (source)

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