Memorial Day Gas Prices Expected To Rise In Chicago

CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) — As motorists hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend, they can expect to pay a lot more at the pump than a year ago.

Last Memorial Day, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $1.20 cheaper.

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And, while the price has dropped about 14 cents in the past week, the cost is about to go up, analysts say.


A glitch at the Joliet/Exxon refinery has slowed production–lowering supply when demand is high.

The glitch resulted in the release of 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide on Sunday. A “flare” of sulfur dioxide Monday also slowed production for the region.

The average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, according to AAA, is $4.23.

AAA predicts we’ll see nearly 35 million people on the roadways across America this weekend.

Mark Consadine came to Chicago from Great Britain and was planning a drive to Wisconsin with a friend -– with few side trips.

“We probably won’t drive around as much as we were planning and we’ll probably just use the car to drive there and back,” he told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.

  • Centurion

    Why? BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE RAISING THE PRICES OVER THE WEEKEND…THATS WHY! There is nothing you can do about it. Don’t expect help from politicians…they all earn over $150Thousand dollars…they can afford the gas prices.

    If you truly want to make a difference…its time to let your voices be heard……
    It’s time to take this to the steps of BP in Chicago. So what if you get arrested….or..just be SHEEP and do what they tell you….

  • Edieth

    No, we can not do that. We need more jobs for the homeless and the unemployed. So.. let us build cars that rim wotj water sp we will not be depended on oil anymore and make the arabs richer and richer every year. Le us build electric cars and busses, solar panel vans to take our famjlies to the Smokey Mountains and helioum airplanes. Let us stop using oil and use alternative fuels to last an eternity. Oil is running out and it is non renewable.

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  • David Starr

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    bucks a month savings gives my family our weekly trip to the movies
    again… or you can always buy more gas.. LOL. Here’s the link

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