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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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Police & Courts

Judge OKs mental fitness exam for teen charged in LaHarpe woman's death

A preliminary hearing for a teen charged in the New Year's Day shooting death of a LaHarpe woman has been continued until April 17.

100 Women Who Care chapter exceeds membership goal
Illinois News

100 Women Who Care chapter exceeds membership goal

Five days was all it took for the Quincy and Adams County chapter of 100 Women Who Care to exceed their goal of getting 100 women to join the philanthropic organization. More than 120 women have signed up for the group.

Why does the Park District plan to build a trail through Parker Heights Park?
Answers

Why does the Park District plan to build a trail through Parker Heights Park?

The Quincy Park Board voted 5-2 in August to allow Executive Director Rome Frericks to prepare an application for grant funding for the portion of the Bill Klingner Trail between Fifth Street and Bonansinga Drive.

Quincy police hosting community dialogue to develop mutual trust
Quincy News

Quincy police hosting community dialogue to develop mutual trust

Sgt. Chad Scott believes the community dialogue being hosted by the Quincy Police Department next week will be a good time for the department and the community to build mutual trust.

Quincy News

Audit sought to review Legionnaires' response; third case of 2018 confirmed

The Illinois Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday calling for an audit of the state's response to the Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Ashes to Go gives people a quick start to Lent
Religion

Ashes to Go gives people a quick start to Lent

The pastor at Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church spent part of Wednesday morning and late afternoon offering a brief Ash Wednesday prayer before marking people with ashes as they sat in their cars. In less than two minutes, they were able to drive off.

More fountain design work approved for Clat Adams Park
Local Government

More fountain design work approved for Clat Adams Park

Despite some reservations about the costs, the Quincy Park Board on Wednesday approved more design and engineering work to replace the fountain at Clat Adams Bicentennial Park.

Rauner budget calls for school districts to pick up portion of pension tab
Illinois News

Rauner budget calls for school districts to pick up portion of pension tab

The final proposed budget of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's first term calls for local school districts to start paying for a portion of downstate and suburban teacher pensions that are currently picked up by the state.

Answers

What are the top five employers in Adams County?

A list of the largest employers is compiled by the Great River Economic Development Foundation.

BBB, law enforcement warn of online romance scams
Police & Courts

BBB, law enforcement warn of online romance scams

It happens to people of all ages, races, levels of education and backgrounds. Online romantic fraud is believed to be vastly underreported and costing victims in the United States and Candada nearly $1 billion during the last three years.