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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.

Bylines

Answers

Will there be any restaurants open for Christmas?

The Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau produces a list each year of area restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

John Wood Mansion candlelight tours start Friday
Quincy News

John Wood Mansion candlelight tours start Friday

The John Wood Mansion will open up its doors for its annual holiday candlelight tours and provide visitors insight into the city's German heritage, as well as German Christmas traditions.

Quincy man pleads guilty to lesser charge in August shooting
Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads guilty to lesser charge in August shooting

A Quincy man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with a shooting this summer. Jamie W.A. Farthing, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, in Adams County Circuit Court.

What's with the letter 'Q' painted on Maine east of 36th?
Answers

What's with the letter 'Q' painted on Maine east of 36th?

Their purpose is to promote Quincy High School athletics. An Aug. 12, 2013, vote by the Quincy City Council gave a booster club permission to paint multiple Qs on Maine Street.

Elections

Rauner continues verbal assault on Madigan during Quincy stop

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner continued his relentless attack against House Speaker Michael Madigan during a Friday visit to Quincy, never mentioning his Republican primary opponent nor any other Democratic candidates.

When will 18th Street by QU Stadium be repaired?
Answers

When will 18th Street by QU Stadium be repaired?

Jeffrey Conte, director of utiltiies and engineering for the city of Quincy, said that section of North 18th Street is slated for resurfacing next year.

Grant to help create prison diversion program
Local Government

Grant to help create prison diversion program

Adams County has been awarded a $257,000 state grant that will allow it to work at keeping nonviolent offenders from being sent to prison and reducing their chances of reoffending.

Judge denies request to quash subpoenas in Lovelace lawsuit
Lovelace Case

Judge denies request to quash subpoenas in Lovelace lawsuit

A federal judge has denied a motion from the special prosecutors in the Curtis Lovelace murder trial to quash their subpoenas in Lovelace's civil rights lawsuit.

Police & Courts

Quincy woman accused of pulling weapon on tow truck driver identified

The name of a woman accused of pulling a weapon on a tow truck driver earlier this week has been released. The Adams County state's attorney's office said Sarah E. Mayfield, 32, of Quincy, was arrested Sunday.

Holidays provide opportunities for volunteers
Quincy News

Holidays provide opportunities for volunteers

Volunteers keep the wheels turning for many organizations, and during the holidays it picks up for many. Steve Lindsey of Toys for Tots said the organization wouldn't be able to distribute toys to children in West-Central Illinois without its volunteers.