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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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Local Government

Quincy Park District seeks Wavering pool options

Whatever the idea is, the Quincy Park District wants to know what the public thinks it should do with the Wavering Aquatic Center site. The aging pool closed after the 2015 season. That April, voters narrowly rejected a $5.5 million referendum to fund renovations at the facility.

Local law enforcement against large hike in retail theft threshold
Police & Courts

Local law enforcement against large hike in retail theft threshold

A plan to increase the threshold for felony retail theft by at least $1,700 in Illinois is receiving some mixed reviews, including from local law enforcement.

Trial delayed for man charged in 2016 shootings that left Hannibal woman dead
Police & Courts

Trial delayed for man charged in 2016 shootings that left Hannibal woman dead

The April trial for a Hannibal man accused of murder and assault in a 2016 shooting of a Hannibal couple is being delayed because a mental examination has not been completed and other discovery evidence-related issues.

Do you have information on a Quincy riverfront music venue from the '70s?
Answers

Do you have information on a Quincy riverfront music venue from the '70s?

Though a local concert buff I checked with didn't attend the show you mention, he believes you are talking about Positively Front Street, a nightclub at 234 N. Front.

Quincy News

'Sweeney Todd' to open Thursday at QCT

An all-around challenge is the best way Brandon Thomsen describes the latest Quincy Community Theatre production. "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is challenging for the staff, volunteers and audience all at the same time.

I heard that a Quincy mayor was once bitten by a lion. Is this true?
Answers

I heard that a Quincy mayor was once bitten by a lion. Is this true?

The idea that a Quincy mayor was bitten by a lion likely makes many people smile, but obviously a lion bite could be quite serious and possibly fatal.

2016 Quincy crime numbers vary widely
Quincy News

2016 Quincy crime numbers vary widely

While figures released this week by the Quincy Police Department show that violent crime climbed slightly last year, to 209 incidents from 205 in 2015, the numbers remained below where they stood a decade ago.

Antique auto museum ruling expected within 21 days
Local Government

Antique auto museum ruling expected within 21 days

A ruling in a lawsuit filed by a local auto club over its former antique auto museum in All American Park was not issued Wednesday after testimony ended in the two-day trial. Judge Jerry Hooker told the courtroom that he would rule within 21 days.

Police & Courts

More serious charge filed against Quincy man facing sexual assault charges

A Quincy man could face between 30 and 60 years in prison if convicted of a third charge filed Wednesday in connection with an alleged 2014 sexual assault. Kevin L. Bodi, 37, was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony.

Judge sentences Palmyra man to 10 years in child molestation case
Police & Courts

Judge sentences Palmyra man to 10 years in child molestation case

James E. Inlow, 56, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree child molestation Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court and given a 10-year prison sentence.