Gas prices in New Lenox, Ill., were higher than those in surrounding communities, so the town’s residents did something about it.
Mayor Tim Baldermann had been receiving complaints about high costs at the pump. After comparing the prices in New Lenox with the prices in neighboring towns, he determined that his city had gas prices that were 10 to 20 cents higher than most areas of northern Illinois.
Baldermann encouraged the residents of New Lenox to drive somewhere else to fill up. Within 48 hours, gas prices dropped.
Six out of the seven gas stations in New Lenox are owned by large corporations.