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Gas Prices Increase, But They're On Par With Other Towns

Although New Lenox gas prices increased 27 cents on Tuesday, they did the same in neighboring towns. That's not a sign the boycott didn't work, Mayor Tim Baldermann says, but a sign that Congress has work to do.

New Lenox gas prices shot up to $4.25 this week, but Mayor Tim Baldermann said it's not a sign that the boycott he called for didn't work. That's because a similar increase happened in neighboring towns. 

"This wasn't about the actual cost of gas," Baldermann said of the boycott. "Our issue was solely that we were being charged more than our neighbors. But if everyone's at $4.25, there's not much we can do."

On April 23, when , prices for unleaded fuel here were $4.20/gallon. Area stations were anywhere from $3.89/gallon to $4.14/gallon.

Within two days of the mayor's request for residents to buy gas elsewhere, local stations dropped their prices as low as $3.98/gallon, which in some instances was actually cheaper than neighboring towns. 

But on Tuesday, six of the seven New Lenox gas stations increased prices by 27 cents. The only holdout was the on Laraway Road. 

"Gas prices are way too high in general, but that's something Congress needs to address," Baldermann said. "And quite frankly I don't think they're doing a good enough job discussing that right now."

In Mokena and Frankfort, most stations increased prices to at least $4.20/gallon. All but two Homer Glen stations increased to $4.25, and the nearest Joliet stations saw significant increases (though some farther away from New Lenox remained below $4). Manhattan continues to have the lowest prices in the area at $3.84/gallon.

The owners of local gas stations couldn't be reached Tuesday to comment on the sudden increase. 

Since the call for a boycott, Patch has tracked the gas prices at New Lenox stations as well as five neighboring towns.

Dawn Martinsen May 03, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Still 3.89 in Manhattan. Shop here
Tony May 03, 2012 at 11:36 AM
As Memorial day gets closer you can bet prices will skyrocket,I keep a close watch on the price of gas and 27 cents in one day is way out of line.I don't think we would be having all these gas price problems if not for the upcoming Presidential election. The oil companys support the Republicans and there is not much we can do about that .
Tony May 03, 2012 at 11:53 AM
as soon as you get a new Mayor
Serge Storms May 03, 2012 at 12:07 PM
So the gas companies rather then lower NL prices they raise everyone else's.....yeah, that's fair and they get to make more money.
Christine May 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I think you got it right Tony.......also gas in Joliet still at 3.98.
alecia May 03, 2012 at 01:22 PM
4.25 in New lenox, but only 3.89 in Manhattan. Come on people! No reason to buy gas in New Lenox!
pro streeter May 03, 2012 at 05:27 PM
$3.49 in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.... Blame Illinois taxes, thats why the prices are so high, nearly the highest in the nation.

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