Gas prices spike in C-U

Gas prices spike in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — Gasoline prices, which had been declining for the past month in Champaign-Urbana, spiked up this week.

The average price in the Champaign market jumped from $3.10 a gallon on Sunday to $3.39 a gallon Tuesday morning, according to, which monitors gas prices across the country.

But people living nearby had more moderate prices in their neighborhoods. Some stations in Danville were selling gas for $3.15 a gallon, and said prices in the Monticello, Tuscola and Gilman areas were in the $3.13 to $3.25 range Tuesday morning.

Real bargains were available in the Decatur area, where most stations were selling gas for $3.07 to $3.09 a gallon, and in Terre Haute, Ind., where gas was advertised at $2.98 a gallon at several stations.

In Champaign-Urbana, gas prices had been steadily falling since Sept. 7, when the average price was about $3.70 a gallon.

The last time Champaign-Urbana prices were as low as they were Sunday was Dec. 23, 2012, when the average dipped to just over $3 a gallon.

Champaign-Urbana gas prices hit a high of $4.19 a gallon in mid-June of this year before dropping 72 cents over the following four weeks.

Local gas prices tended to be above the national average for the first six months of this year — and below the national average for the last three months.

The south central and southeastern U.S. tends to have the lowest gas prices, with Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina and Viriginia having many places with gas below $3.13 a gallon.

On the other extreme were California and Idaho, with many areas having prices of $3.70 or higher.

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larbear wrote on October 08, 2013 at 11:10 am

Is there a point to this or a reason other than taking up space?

acylum wrote on October 08, 2013 at 2:10 pm

No doubt...I must have missed the article the last 2 or 3 HUNDRED times that gas spiked up 30 cents after falling slow in 2 cent increments.

Hardly newsworthy.  Now if gas dropped to 1.89...that would be work printing.  C'mon gas industry.  Give us something good to write about.

Jjjj wrote on October 08, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I agree, if there was at least an explaination of why it went up, Wow, what happened to the NG from yester year.