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Illinois senator proposes ideas to lower gas prices

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Gas pumps are lined up, Monday, April 11, 2011 in Laconia, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) By Jim Cole Gas pumps are lined up, Monday, April 11, 2011 in Laconia, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) By Jim Cole

CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says exploring natural gas supplies in Illinois and making tax credits for renewable energy permanent could be ways to lower soaring gas prices.

Kirk told reporters Monday that federal officials need to research possibilities for harnessing natural gas from New Albany shale in the Illinois basin.

The Republican also says he'd like to see permits granted more quickly for off shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and reduce so-called small gasoline monopolies.

But Kirk couldn't outline specifics on how quickly his ideas would take effect or how they would immediately affect high prices at the pump.

Illinois is among half a dozen states where the average price for a gallon of gas tops $4.

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