Chicagoans Shocked At Rising Gas Prices

CHICAGO (CBS) — Whether gas will go up to $5 per gallon remains to be seen, but prices in excess of $4 per gallon are already a reality in some parts of Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports, in north lakefront neighborhoods, the number 4 is becoming a familiar site. At several gas stations on Fullerton Avenue, a gallon of regular unleaded ranged from $4.09 up to $4.21.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports

Most motorists were shocked to learn, after they pulled up and filled up, they were paying the most in the city.

“I didn’t know that,” said Thomas Naraja.

But Naraja says he didn’t have a choice.

“I was on empty so I had to pull in. It still hurts,” he said.

Most drivers say it’s a matter of proximity and necessity and filling up to the tune of four or even five dollars a a gallon is something they’ll never get used to.

What are you going to do? What can you and I do?” said Kevin, of Chicago.

According to the National Lundberg Survey, the average U.S. price for a gallon of gas went up 18 cents in the past two weeks

In Illinois, residents are paying on average $3.76 per gallon. That is up 28 cents a gallon in just one week.

Some drivers have been pushed to pay for memberships at wholesale outlets such as Costco, where the price Monday was just $3.90.

When they zip back onto the street, drivers say they’re still searching for ways to burn less gas. The drive to save has many shoppers trying plazas to buy clothes, office supplies, electronics, even groceries all in one place.

Experts say if the situation in the Middle East becomes more unstable, prices in the U.S. could head toward $5 this summer.


    I’ve been brainwashed my whole life to be a demon crat and look where it got me here in ILLINOIS some of the highest taxes,gas and communist actions against it’s own citizens like taking away are 2nd amendment not to mention the POLICE STATE we now live in with cameras on almost every corner..Let’s all thank Obama,Quinn,Daley,Rahm etc for giving all the free hand outs to ILLEGAL immigrants

    • THEE Yard Ape

      I’m glad you see the error of your ways!!! If that @ ss hole in the WH gets re-elected, all bets are off, this country is done!!! The “emperor” will fiddle while the USA burns!!!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        And while I’m at it………………….why should Chicagoans be shocked??!! They helped elect this socialist messiah!!!! HE SAID HE WANTED THIS TO HAPPEN!!!!! JUST LIKE QUINN SAID HE WAS RAISING TAXES!!!!!! AND the Chicagoans STILL VOTED FOR THESE MORONS!!!!!!

        Just how fuking stupid are you people!!??

  • J Robert Giles

    Here’s a speech Obama could (but won’t) deliver that would lower gas prices by twenty cents before the last syllable could roll off his forked tongue. Please read and share the article.

  • Jim

    See Obama is helping out Chicago. The higher the gas prices the more taxes you pay on gas. Where as most states/cities charge a flat tax on gas our wonderful politicians wanted a percentage. They are loving this…of course at our expense again!

  • ?????

    Why is anyone shocked? I’m not.

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