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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

Appellate court upholds Crider's conviction in 2015 shooting death of 12-year-old

The conviction of an Arizona man in the 2015 shooting death of a 12-year-old has been upheld by an Illinois appellate court.

Judge orders Lovelace to sit for additional deposition in civil case against Quincy, Adams County
Lovelace Case

Judge orders Lovelace to sit for additional deposition in civil case against Quincy, Adams County

Curtis Lovelace has been ordered to sit for three more hours of questioning by attorneys representing the city of Quincy and Adams County in his ongoing civil rights lawsuit stemming from his arrest and murder trials in the death of his first wife.

Where are walls for the new Adams County Jail built?
Answers

Where are walls for the new Adams County Jail built?

Where do they make the prefabricated walls for the new Adams County Jail?

The prefabricated walls were manufactured at the Midwest Precast Concrete in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Brought into the site on a trailer, they are moved into place by a crane.

The concrete firm made headlines this spring after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the facility May 9 and took 32 people into custody on suspicion of immigration violations.

Mark Peter, chairman of the county's Jail Exploratory Committee, said the general contractor, Williams Brothers Construction of Peoria, selects where materials come from. He was not aware of any delays caused by the raid.

"If you look down there, all that is down there is that east wall of that housing unit," Peter said. "Everything else is there. I do know we did have two or three sections that were rejected and had to be reconditioned."

The new 75,000-square-foot L-shaped jail building, which will...

New QCT executive director settles in
Quincy News

New QCT executive director settles in

Completing her first month as executive director of the Quincy Community Theatre, Reagan Costigan said the biggest surprise to her was the dedication in the productions.

Police & Courts

Ursa man indicted on sexual assault charges

An Ursa man has been indicted in the reported sexual assualt of a child.

Feast in the District highlights local chefs
Quincy News

Feast in the District highlights local chefs

The place settings for 200 people on the tables lined up in the middle of Hampshire between Sixth and Seventh streets might look different to some people.

Harness racing tradition continues at Brown County Fair
Illinois News

Harness racing tradition continues at Brown County Fair

April Cline makes sure to come out to the live harness racing each year at the Brown County Fair. It's a family connection.

Wish takes family to 'Hamilton' on Broadway
Health

Wish takes family to 'Hamilton' on Broadway

Jack Miller, his mother and father, and his three siblings spent last week in New York City to see "Hamilton," a wish the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted after Jack battled aplastic anemia.

Business

Women's retreat allows Quincy, Hannibal chambers to collaborate

More than 50 women came out for the professional development retreat hosted by the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. One component of the retreat was teaming up with the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce.

Move to declare Quincy man sexually dangerous dropped
Police & Courts

Move to declare Quincy man sexually dangerous dropped

Efforts to have a Quincy man declared a sexually dangerous person have been dropped. The Adams County state's attorney's office pulled its petition to have Kevin L. Bodi declared sexually dangerous after two attempts since last year.