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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

Police & Courts

Mental fitness exam ordered for man charged with attacking QU friar

The Quincy man charged in the attack of a friar at Quincy University will undergo a mental fitness exam. The preliminary hearing for George E. Scott IV, 36, was continued to allow time for Frank Froman to complete the exam.

Tuition hike, job cuts coming to JWCC to help balance budget
Education

Tuition hike, job cuts coming to JWCC to help balance budget

Tuition increases and job cuts, as well as a new winter accelerated term, are being included as a ways to help balance next fiscal year's budget at John Wood Community College brought on by the continued state budget impasse.

Moore outspends VanCamp 3 to 1 in election
Elections

Moore outspends VanCamp 3 to 1 in election

Kyle Moore outspent challenger Jeff VanCamp by a margin or more than three to one to earn a second term as Quincy mayor according to campaign disclosure reports.

Trial of Philadelphia, Mo., man accused in 2015 killing set to start May 15
Police & Courts

Trial of Philadelphia, Mo., man accused in 2015 killing set to start May 15

A Philadelphia, Mo., man facing multiple charges in connection with the 2015 shooting death of a Hannibal man is set to go to trial next month.

Answers

Do you know anything about a contest to name Monroe School?

The school, which opened in 1959, was named Monroe after the Quincy School Board sought proposals from the public. Was it a contest? It doesn't appear so.

Illinois lieutenant governor touts telemedicine at SIU center in Quincy
Health

Illinois lieutenant governor touts telemedicine at SIU center in Quincy

Dr. Robert Abrams, associate professor and division chief for maternal-fetal medicine at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, highlighted the benefits of Telehealth by telephone Monday during Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti's tour of SIU Center for Family Medicine Quincy.

Mother pleads guilty to lesser charge in connection with daughter's shooting death
Police & Courts

Mother pleads guilty to lesser charge in connection with daughter's shooting death

The mother of a 7-year-old girl killed in an accidental shooting last spring in southeastern Adams County has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Karen L. Torres, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm without a firearm owners card.

What is the origin of the name of 'Milliners Alley' and its significance?
Answers

What is the origin of the name of 'Milliners Alley' and its significance?

A Nov. 6, 1960, article in The Herald-Whig tried to find an answer but was unsuccessfulk. The narrow one-block street that runs east to west from Third to Fourth between State and Ohio was platted as "Milliners Alley."

Local Government

Council to consider Quincy budget

Monday could be a relatively quiet meeting for the Quincy City Council as aldermen are set to approve the city's annual budget. This is quite different than the last two years where discussions were focused along public safety spending.

The great gamble: Now in its fifth year, video gaming still has supporters, opponents
Quincy News

The great gamble: Now in its fifth year, video gaming still has supporters, opponents

The two video gaming machines in a corner of the White Horse Tavern see a steady stream of activity. It's common to see at least one person playing on a machine in the bar at 1639 Locust where one can find substantial Green Bay Packers memorabilia on the