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8/12/2014 3:14:00 AM
Congressman: Gas prices too high


James Grabow of Peru (right) said he was excited to see U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) at Beck’s in Peru. The question on Grabow’s mind was his rising healthcare costs. The topic on Kinzinger’s was gas that’s too expensive, if not this week. “While it’s been up for a long time, we can’t accept that as the new status quo,” he said.NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
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James Grabow of Peru (right) said he was excited to see U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) at Beck’s in Peru. The question on Grabow’s mind was his rising healthcare costs. The topic on Kinzinger’s was gas that’s too expensive, if not this week. “While it’s been up for a long time, we can’t accept that as the new status quo,” he said.

NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



GasBuddy.com reported Monday that average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week.

But that report apparently didn’t make its way to U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who appeared Monday at Beck’s in Peru to discuss with voters the fact that gas is just too expensive.

“I’m just out to talk to folks and see what’s on their minds,” said Kinzinger, who’ll spend the rest of August in district save for some military duty. “People obviously have to deal with gas prices and rising food prices, so I want to chat with people about what they’re feeling.”

He added later: “One of the issues we want to take care of is to bring gas prices down. While it’s been up for a long time, we can’t accept that as the new status quo.”

Kinzinger said he wasn’t championing any legislation or measures to lower gas prices because they are dictated largely by market forces and President Barack Obama would veto any measure to expand drilling.

So prices have declined and there’s no legislation. Are you campaigning?

“Well, no,” he replied. “I’m out talking to people and this is a federal trip today, so we’re not out on a campaign.

“And every time I’m home I do stuff like that, like round tables on job training and stuff, and that’s what next.”

Well, for those who are counting, there are 84 days until Election Day.

In any case, Kinzinger found the price of gas — indeed, the high cost of living as a whole — to be a timely topic at Beck’s.

“I think we covered everything I’m mad about,” said Marge Piotrowski of Peru after she’d conversed with Kinzinger.

Terry Thompson of McNabb said he found in Kinzinger a sympathetic ear to the rising cost of living, noting the price of fuel, food and insurance of all types, not merely health insurance.

“Everything’s going up except wages,” Thompson said.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NT_Court.










Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Article comment by: fosterbw99

Congressman Kinzinger should sponsor a bill to require itemized fuel receipts. That way, the people would see exactly how much tax is included in each gallon of gas. Illinois has one of the nation's highest total gasoline tax - 57.5 cents per gallon for gasoline and 69.3 cents per gallon for diesel.

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