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<strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Updated: 5:35 p.m.</em></span></strong><br><br>CHAMPAIGN -- Gas prices have been hovering near the $4 mark. Friday, they finally hit it.
Updated: 5:35 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN -- Gas prices have been hovering near the $4 mark. Friday, they finally hit it. The price at the pump was as high as $4.19 at some stations.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the higher prices are due to a combination of refinery issues and the annual transition to a more costly summer blend. AAA spokeswoman Beth Mosher said refineries are required to use a cleaner blend that produces fewer emissions in the peak summer driving season.

According to Gasbuddy.com, the average for Champaign is just over $4.18 per gallon, which is an all-time high. One year ago, prices in Champaign averaged just under $3.46 per gallon, a difference of $.72 per gallon.

AAA expects that prices in Illinois will fall slightly by the end of the month as refinery issues get resolved and demand eases.

Danville leaders say the city was already at $4 per gallon. Decatur is getting close as well.
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