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Updated: 4/19/15 - 5:45 AM

Fatal Accident in La Salle County
A man has died following a single vehicle accident north of Sheridan. The La Salle County Sheriff's office responded to the accident on North 4251st Road on Saturday afternoon. Authorities say 59-year old Brent Marker of Sheridan lost control of his vehicle and ended up in the ditch. He was taken to a Sandwich hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Gas Prices Steady
Gas prices remain fairly steady as we head into the second half of April. Triple-A in Chicago says gas prices will be slowly falling across the state over the next few weeks as the Spring season continues, while demand will be slowly on the rise. Some of the cheapest gas can be found in Princeton, where prices are at $2.19 at several stations according to IllinoisGasPrices.com. Most stations throughout Ottawa and La Salle-Peru are between $2.29 and $2.35 and the most expensive gas is in Streator at $2.39. The state average currently sits at $2.57, while the national average is at $2.45.

Ottawa High Music Team Gains Milestone Title
The Ottawa High School Music team has come away with another state title. The Pirates music teams finished first overall over the weekend in the IHSA Music State Finals, with first place finishes in band and vocal, but fell short in the orchestra category. Ottawa has now won 20 state titles and have won the state title for the 19th consecutive year, dating back to the 1996-1997 season. Ottawa finished nearly 50 points ahead of second place Bradley-Bourbonnais.

Mississippi Reopens Following Diesel Leak
A 35-mile section of the Mississippi River has reopened after a pipeline ruptured and leaked diesel fuel in southwestern Illinois. The Coast Guard says the pipeline has been secured and the incident is under investigation. Phillips 66 discovered a leak Friday. Fuel was spotted in the Cahokia Canal, which drains into the river.

Dixon, Crudwell Case Used in College Classes
A former bookkeeper's theft of nearly $54 million from the city of Dixon is the subject of several college courses. Rita Crundwell is serving 20 years in federal prison for stealing from the city over two decades while she was comptroller. The case is being taught in accounting and forensic accounting classes at DePaul and Northern Illinois universities and several colleges outside Illinois.

U of I Faculty Pay Remains Highest in Nation
Faculty pay at the University of Illinois is among the highest in the Big Ten. An American Association of University Professors annual ranking of faculty compensation places the central Illinois university 17th in the nation among four-year public institutions in compensation for full professors. The average compensation for the university's faculty members is $150,100. Northwestern University averaged $196,500 for its faculty.