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Old 03-07-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Chicago doesn't have the highest gas prices in the country. That dubious honor goes to California. The lowest price for regular is $3.75; the highest price is over $4.00. The average is probably $3.85 now.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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So that Wall St speculators can clean up at the expense of the public. Same as always.

You said it, friend!!!! There is no other reason.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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Chicago doesn't have the highest gas prices in the country. That dubious honor goes to California. The lowest price for regular is $3.75; the highest price is over $4.00. The average is probably $3.85 now.

You're so right. I paid $3.77/gal for regular last Friday. Yesterday, it was $3.79/gal. It's Monday now so I can't tell you what the price is. It seems to go up hourly ... It's like Wall Street without the drops.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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And why does Chicago have the highest gas prices in the country? ($3.65 a week ago.) It's not like gasoline has to be trucked over high mountains along narrow two-lane roads to get here.
Because they tax the ever-loving sh** out of gas here. In addition to the Illinois tax which is about average, there's the Cook County tax, the City tax, and the RTA tax. It adds up.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: un peu près de Chicago
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I live in DuPage County. The gas prices here are still higher than average. (Why would anyone intentionally live in Cook County?)
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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fluctuation is always mainly decided by supplying countries' tactics and market demands, then exaggerated by anticipation and speculators.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:37 PM
 
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Quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve is why. Same for cotton, corn, gold, silver, etc.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I live in DuPage County. The gas prices here are still higher than average. (Why would anyone intentionally live in Cook County?)
You asked why gas is expensive in Chicago, so that's the question I answered. In DuPage you still have a county tax and are subject to the RTA tax.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:55 PM
 
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And why does Chicago have the highest gas prices in the country? ($3.65 a week ago.) It's not like gasoline has to be trucked over high mountains along narrow two-lane roads to get here.
County tax, state tax, RTA tax, special gas formulations, and higher overhead in the city and collar counties.

Sams Club and Costco are consistently the lowest prices. Prices drop a minimum of 10-15 cents when you get out to DeKalb and Winnebago counties.

Some of the highest prices in the country will be found in the desert regions of California, Hawaii, Alaska. Lowest prices are usually in Missouri and Arkansas.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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Chicago doesn't have the highest gas prices in the country. That dubious honor goes to California. The lowest price for regular is $3.75; the highest price is over $4.00. The average is probably $3.85 now.
I'm not sure that is a true statement. On my way into work today i saw 3.89 for reg and that is out in the burbs. I know within the city limits gas is substantially higher. One of my co-workers said she paid 4.09 for reg by her house and down town is running in the 4.25 range.

I have no clue what CA is doing right now but I know here in c(r)ook county we get taxed on every thing the politicians can think of. The running joke is around work is we'll need to pay a state tax to use the bathroom next.
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