Inflation sends grocery prices rising at the fastest rate since April 1979, costing the average Illinoisan $522 more at checkout.
Illinoisans are paying $522 more for the same grocery items they bought last year.
Prices on food for home consumption have risen by 12.2% from June 2021 to June 2022, hitting Illinois families hard. June’s overall 9.1% annual inflation rate was the highest in more than 40 years, creating sticker shock at the grocery store.
Not all grocery groups have risen at the same rate. Of the major expenditure categories, meats, poultry, fish and eggs make up the largest chunk of the increase in grocery bills and will cost the typical Illinoisan $115 more this year.