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Gas price decline could continue all summer

Updated: October 16, 2011 12:17AM

For the first time since October, month-to-month gasoline prices in the Chicago area are down, and experts say prices that have topped $4 a gallon and that remain more than $1 higher than a year ago should continue to drop all summer. The average cost of a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded throughout the Chicago area Wednesday was $4.159, according to the AAA Chicago Motor Club.

Throughout Cook County, the average price was $4.28, down 22 cents from last month but still $1.28 higher than last year.

In DuPage County, the average was $4.09 — a 28-cent drop from May but $1.21 higher than last year.

In Lake County, it was $4.05 — down 28 cents month to month but up by $1.22 vs. last year.

In Will County, it was $4.06 — down 29 cents from May, up $1.22 year to year.

In Lake County, Ind., it was $3.88 — down 29 cents from May, up $1.18 over a year ago.

Staff, wire reports

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