Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.94 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.72 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Illinois during the past week, prices yesterday were 17.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 50.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 42.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 9.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"The streak is over," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "GasBuddy data showed the national average rising for 32 consecutive days — starting Jan. 20 at $3.265 per gallon, and ending Feb. 21 at $3.733 per gallon. The tide has now turned and the national average has dropped two days straight. This is certainly excellent news for disillusioned motorists — but I would caution them not to get overly thrilled as prices may linger near these levels for some time," DeHaan said.