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AAA: Midwest gas price jump is attributed to refinery shutdown near Chicago

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Gas prices have jumped recently, the reason according to AAA officials is because two oil refineries have shutdown for maintenance near Chicago.

In Iowa, regular unleaded gas is $3.87, which is 25-cents higher than the nationwide average of $3.62.

AAA officials say Iowa is still 16-cents below record gas prices that were set in July of 2008.

"We will not see any relief at the pump prior to the middle of June, perhaps as late as the 4th of July. This is a phenomenon pretty exclusively the upper Midwest, the Great Plains states and is not at all effecting any of the other parts of the country. Iowa is in the top 10," Gail Weinholzer, the AAA's Director of Public Affairs for Iowa and Minnesota said.

In Nebraska, gas is $3.89 and South Dakota is lower with $3.74.

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