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AAA predicts that 1.7 million Illinoisans will hit the road for Memorial Day weekend. In total, nearly 2 million Illinois residents will have some sort of travel plans this holiday weekend.
Gas prices are averaging $4.60 across the country, about $1.57 more than last year according to AAA. In Illinois, the average price for a gallon of unleaded fuel reached $4.98 on Monday, about $1.60 more than this time last year, AAA says.
Because travelers have had to postpone or change their travel plans over the last couple of years due to the pandemic, officials said people want to get out and travel again and they’re finding ways to do so despite the higher prices.