ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Stateline-area drivers are paying more at the pump this week as gas prices rose over .16 cents.
According to GasBuddy.com, the average price in the region for a gallon of Regular gasoline is $2.98, higher than the national average of $2.79.
Declining oil inventories, along with refinery shutdowns caused by Hurricane Barry in the Gulf, are cited as reasons for the price spike.
In addition, as of July 1st, Illinois’ gas tax doubled from 19 cents to 38 cents per gallon.
GasBuddy says prices may not drop in the future, as the costs are expected to drift upwards as oil prices rise.