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Gas price gouging possibliy in Rochelle

City Officials in Rochelle have contacted Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office dealing with the possibility of price gouging this week at businesses who sell gas.

Businesses in Rochelle increased the figure at the pump on Tuesday by 14 cents from $3.45 a gallon for unleaded fuel to $3.59. The price did drop by 2 cents yesterday to $3.57.

In the e-mail to Madigan, it mentioned that businesses in Oregon were selling gas at $3.39 a gallon on Tuesday and in Mendota yesterday, the price was $3.34 for unleaded fuel.

It also mentioned that the city of Rockford is usually less than Rochelle. The e-mail stressed that when ever there is a price change in the Hub City, all of the businesses change their figure at the same time and most of the time the same price.

Mayor Chet Olson has said in the past that Rochelle has a Standard Oil gas terminal in town that supplies fuel to all surrounding communities, not just the Hub City. He felt that Rochelle should have the lowest price around, not the highest.

Mayor Olson has asked for someone from the Illinois Attorney General's Office to look into the possibility of price gouging in Rochelle and why there is no competitive pricing of gas in the community.

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