As divided as we are in America we can all agree on one thing, gas prices suck. There are words or phrases I could have used to describe the cost of fuel but I'll keep them to myself.

I'll be honest, I felt like someone should have taken me on a date after I paid $4.57 a gallon today.

Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

There are a number of reasons gas is high everywhere in America, especially in Illinois, and it's not all POTUS-related like you see on social media comments every seven seconds. In fact, the Association For Convenience & Fuel Retailing explains how politicians have little direct influence on the cost of gas at the pump. Policies and legislation should blame more so than one specific person.

Can you guess that last time gas prices spiked substantially?


In 2012, the national average of gas per gallon was $4.68. Fast forward to the last month or so and we saw prices very close to that number. Shockingly, Illinois isn't actually the land of the highest gas prices. The honor goes to California and Pennsylvania, according to WJPF.

I can't be the only person wondering when the prices are going to slow down and dip a little bit, right?

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Cesare Ferrari

Gas price complaints on social media are like a broken record, everyone is griping about it over, and over, and over. That's not the only broken record though.

Illinois Has A Record-Breaking Year in 2022

We're not even halfway through the year and a new record has taken place in Illinois. On Friday the 13th, some frightening news was released. Fuel prices in the state have shattered a record, according to WJPF.

Illinois fuel prices are at their highest mark ever with gas prices averaging $4.82 per gallon throughout the state.

In the words of Vanilla Ice, "Will it ever stop? Yo, I don't know."


Did you know there is an app you can use to earn money back every time you fill up? I use it every time I get gas no matter where I am. Download Upside here and use the promo code jblove.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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