Chicago gas prices soar for summer

April 22, 2014 (CHICAGO)

"We've all seen pictures of China and the smog in the air. It's really a choice we have. If we don't burn clean-burning gasoline, air is going to be terrible."

The BP refinery in Whiting, Ind., is one of the largest in the area. This will be its first season using less expensive Canadian crude oil, which is expected to keep prices in our area down compared to previous summers.

But there are many factors that go into gas prices, including demand. According to AAA Chicago, the area saw a big jump in travel this spring.

"People wanted to escape and get away to warmer weather," said Beth Mosher, spokesperson for AAA Chicago. "We'll know more when we get information regarding Memorial Day travel."

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