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.
The conviction of an Arizona man in the 2015 shooting death of a 12-year-old has been upheld by an Illinois appellate court.
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 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...
April Cline makes sure to come out to the live harness racing each year at the Brown County Fair. It's a family connection.
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.
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.