If you haven't noticed, something keeps going up in the Rockford area. That one specific thing is the price of gas. 

According to our news partner WTVO, the price of gas continues to make a slow increase. Some locations are selling gas for $2.50 a gallon.

The local rate has jumped almost five cents a gallon to $2.44. That is eight cents higher than the national average of $2.36

Why are we and so many across the Midwest seeing the price of gas going up? According to Gasbuddy.com

"The largest price increases remain in the Midwest which has been impacted by an unplanned refinery outage at Marathon's 144,000 barrels per day facility in Detroit and a concurrent jump in Chicago's wholesale market which opened today with the highest wholesale gasoline prices in the country."

I guess the saving grace of all of this is that we could be paying more than what we are. Remember, just three years ago in 2013, we were paying $4.11 for a gallon of gas. Hopefully the price will stay where it is at or drop as the Summer travel season kicks up.

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