Staff Writer

Matt Hopf

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Matt Hopf has joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in 2010. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features, and also writes the popular "Answers" column. A Palos Heights native, Matt received a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, Matt interned with the GateHouse Media State Capital Bureau. He also interned at newspapers in Palos Heights and Tinley Park. In his free time, Matt roots for the Chicago White Sox and the Green Bay Packers, watches cooking shows religiously and plays trumpet in the Quincy Concert Band. Matt and his wife, Melissa, live in Quincy and have a daughter.

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Hannibal News

U.S. attorney reviews tools to combat violent crime, including prevention

The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, which includes Northeast Missouri, knows his office will aggressively prosecute violent crime, but he also realizes that prosecution isn't the only solution to prevent it.

Six new Americans take citizenship oaths at Hannibal ceremony
Hannibal News

Six new Americans take citizenship oaths at Hannibal ceremony

Biyang Klingel has lived in the Unite States since 2011. Before immigrating to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, she lived in a large city in China with little green space. She doesn't have that problem anymore.

Quincy Park District offering naming rights to help pay for synthetic field at Wavering
Local Government

Quincy Park District offering naming rights to help pay for synthetic field at Wavering

The Quincy Park District wants to install synthetic turf at a second district ballfield. The district published notices Wednesday seeking bids for naming rights proposals for Wavering Field, which would help pay for a new synthetic surface.

Local Government

Grant supports Quincy runway improvements

The announcement of an infrastructure grant for Quincy Regional Airport will allow for continued runway improvements.

Police & Courts

Lewis County man acquitted in shooting death of stepfather

An Adair County jury took less than two hours to find a Lewis County man not guilty in connection with the 2017 shooting death of his stepfather.

Comment period starts on proposal to rename park for Bumbry
Local Government

Comment period starts on proposal to rename park for Bumbry

The 50-day period has started to collect any public comments on renaming Riverview Park on Quincy's northwest side after the late Ben Bumbry.

Trial of Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death pushed to August
Police & Courts

Trial of Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death pushed to August

The trial of a Quincy man charged in the 2015 shooting death of another Quincy man has been delayed at least another month.

Local officers participate in Torch Run to continue support of Special Olympics
Quincy News

Local officers participate in Torch Run to continue support of Special Olympics

Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Goehl has participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run -- both as a runner and a driver -- but this year was the first time he handed off the torch to the next leg of the run.

Local Government

Two downtown Quincy buildings marked unsafe

Two buildings in downtown Quincy have been declared unsafe for occupancy by the city's inspections department.

Quincy council approves body camera contract
Local Government

Quincy council approves body camera contract

Quincy police officers should start patrolling city streets later this summer with body cameras after teh Quincy City Council on Monday approved a five-year contract with a Georigia-based vendor.