CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Gas prices have been on the rise in central Illinois and across the country, and there is no sign that rise will slow down. Experts say that a limited oil supply, the pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine are behind the increase.
Gas Buddy is out with new numbers on Thursday and the national average cost of a gallon of gas is more than $5, surpassing a previous record of $4 that was set in March. Gas Buddy shows that in Springfield, the average cost is $5.29 per gallon. Most stations in Champaign are above $5 as well, and so are those in Decatur
So what else can $5 get you?
With rising inflation, it will get you one gallon of milk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the average cost is $4.33.
$5 will also get you two dozen Grade A Large eggs. And it costs less than that to get fast food. A McDouble and small French fries at McDonald’s costs just $3.90.
People can search for a specific gas station and its price using Gas Buddy.