Gas prices hit locals' wallets

Gas prices hit locals' wallets

By Chris Lovingood

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Everyone is closely watching gas prices due to a conflict overseas.

The insurgent attack on Iraq's largest oil refinery has Triple-A motor club paying close attention.

Company spokeswoman Beth Mosher wants to see if the situation will escalate and affect prices.

Locally, people are already feeling the high prices in their wallets, and they are not pleased.

"Crazy. Unbelievable," said Nikki Underwood. "I go to work to make all that money to go towards my gas tank is just unbelievable."

"I'd like to see them cheaper," said Laith Zahran. "$3.70 is an awful lot amount to pay for a gallon of gas."

According to, Illinois has the fourth largest gas prices in the nation at an average of $3.95.

Hawaii ranks number one with $4.33.

Patrick DeHaan is a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy and said he's seen the conflict in Iraq affect prices here by four or five cents, but it's possible for those numbers to rise should the situation escalate.