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Area gas prices dip just in time for holiday travel

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Just in time for Independence Day holiday driving, gas prices in Illinois and Indiana are finally dropping, the AAA reports.

After months of sharp price increases, drivers are currently paying on average, $3.75 and $3.42 respectively for a gallon of regular unleaded in Illinois and Indiana, according to AAA Chicago. This is the lowest prices have been since April 19.

"The refinery issues that pushed prices higher this spring have been resolved, and Illinois and Indiana drivers are enjoying some welcome relief just in time for Fourth of July holiday travel," AAA Chicago spokeswoman Beth Mosher said in a statement.

In June in Illinois, gas prices averaged $4.05, which was up 6 cents from May and up 34 cents from a year ago, according to AAA. In northern Indiana, gas prices averaged $3.96 in June, which was even from May and up 31 cents from June 2012.

As of Tuesday morning, the average price in Chicago was $4.144, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report. Last month that same gallon was $4.386. In the metro area outside Chicago, a gallon was averaging $3.903 Tuesday morning, compared to $4.202 a month ago.

In Gary, Ind., the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.452 Tuesday morning, compared with $4.007 a month ago, according to AAA.

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