Gas prices across the state and country continue to plummet as the COVID-19 pandemic brings daily life to a near standstill with less transportation and travel.
As of Thursday afternoon, the average price for gas in Illinois dropped to $2.06 per gallon, according to the fuel analysis company GasBuddy – down 2.8 cents from last week and 53.3 cents from last month.
The average national price is slightly lower at $2.02 per gallon, down 12.6 cents from last week and 44.2 cents from last month. A year ago the national average was $2.68 and Illinois average was $2.76.
The average price of gas in McHenry County was $2.02 per gallon as of 1 p.m. Thursday. Among neighboring counties, the average price of gas in Will County was $2.10, followed by DuPage ($2.09), Lake ($2.07), Kane ($2.06) and DeKalb ($2.03).
The average price of gas in LaSalle County was $1.96 per gallon and the average price in Kendall was $1.95. In Chicago, drivers paid an average of $2.24 a gallon, which is down 11.7 cents from last week and 58.6 cents from last month.
The cheapest gas in Illinois, according to GasBuddy, was at Costco at 5000 Stadium Dr. in Loves Park and Sam's Club at 7241 Walton St. in Rockford with prices at $1.18 and $1.23 per gallon, respectively.
Gas for less than $2 can be found throughout McHenry County and surrounding areas. Some, however, do require membership subscriptions.
Gas prices at both Costco at 250 N. Randall Rd. in Lake in the Hills and Sam's Club at 5670 Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake were $1.47 and among the cheapest in the state, according to GasBuddy.
Elsewhere in McHenry County, Mobil at 4304 N. Johnsburg Rd. in Johnsburg was $1.79, BP at 5301 Bull Valley Rd. in McHenry was $1.84, and Amoco at 339 W. Virginia St. in Crystal Lake was $1.85.
Gas at the Love's Truck Stop in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, is listed at 99 cents per gallon.
In Lake County, gas at Woodsman’s at 1550 Deerfield Pkwy. in Buffalo Grove was $1.39 per gallon. Elsewhere, Woodman’s at 27555 Route 120 in Lakemoor was $1.49, Sam’s Club at 335 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Vernon Hills was $1.58, Costco at 25901 Riverwoods Rd. in Mettawa was $1.59, and Costco at 680 S. Rand Rd. in Lake Zurich was $1.75.
In Kane County, gas at Woodman’s at 151 Hansen Blvd. in North Aurora was $1.65, Costco at S. Randall Rd. in St. Charles was $1.75, and BP at 1190 N. McLean Blvd. in Elgin was $1.83.
Gas at $1.87 per gallon was at BP at 695 Barrington Ave. in Carpentersville, Speedway at 115 N. 8th St. in West Dundee, Thorntons at 2171 S. 8th St., Shell at 801 W. Main St. in West Dundee, and Walmart at 365 Lake Marian Rd. in Carpentersville.
In DeKalb County, gas at Marathon at 411 Main St. in Kirkland was $1.64 per gallon. Elsewhere, Casey’s at 129 E. Railroad St. in Kingston was $1.69, and Casey’s at 1001 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb and Marathon at 125 N. Annie Glidden Rd. in DeKalb were $1.90. Gas at Mobil at 930 N. Annie Glidden Rd. in DeKalb was $1.93, and Casey’s at 902 E. Church St. in Sandwich and Casey’s at 900 E. Market St. in Somonauk were both at $1.96.
In Will County, gas was $1.51 at Mohsen at 24001 Lorenzo Rd. in Wilmington. Elsewhere, gas at $1.56 per gallon was at Thorntons at 24144 W. Eames St. in Channahon, Pilot at 23841 W. Eames St. in Channahon, Casey’s at 25258 W. Eames St. in Channahon and Speedway at 23730 W. Eames St. in Channahon.