CHICAGO (CBS) — Gas prices have continued to rise ahead of the holiday weekend, and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be to blame.
To put it simply, it is all about supply and demand. Right now, there is a short supply and too much demand as people get out after being cooped up for more than a year.READ MORE: Some Chicago Bars And Restaurants Are Beginning To Require Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination This Week
The high prices are evident in Illinois compared with our neighboring states.READ MORE: 'We're Being Especially Cautious': Chicago COVID Vaccine Sites Are Turning Back Into Testing Sites
According to AAA, the average price per gallon in Illinois right now is $3.32 a gallon.MORE NEWS: Person Ends Up On Ramp From I-57 To Bishop Ford Freeway After Being Shot
All the states that border Illinois except Indiana are below $3. Missouri stands at $2.81, Kentucky $2.90, Iowa $2.94, Wisconsin $2.97, and Indiana $3.11.