Staff Writer

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

Probable cause found against man accused of abducting his child

Probable cause was found in the case of a Quincy man who is accused of abducting his toddler son last month.

Second mental fitness exam ordered for man charged with attacking friar
Police & Courts

Second mental fitness exam ordered for man charged with attacking friar

The man charged in the April attack of a friar at Quincy University will undergo a second mental fitness exam.

New attorney to represent Quincy man accused of Wires' murder
Police & Courts

New attorney to represent Quincy man accused of Wires' murder

The man charged in the 2015 shooting death of Carlous Wires will be getting a new attorney. Steven E. Gavin, 54, was being represented by Chief Public Defender Todd Nelson.

Trial of St. Louis man in drug-induced homicide case moves forward
Police & Courts

Trial of St. Louis man in drug-induced homicide case moves forward

A St. Louis man charged in connection with the 2015 overdose death of a Quincy man is set to go to trial June 12.

Police & Courts

Hearing set to hire expert for defense in 2015 beating death

Attorneys representing a Quincy man charged in connection with the 2015 beating death of another Quincy man are asking the court to appoint a DNA expert in the case.

New ticketing program to save officers time, be easier to read
Police & Courts

New ticketing program to save officers time, be easier to read

Motorists who have been pulled over in Quincy might not be sitting on the side of the road as long as they are accustomed. The Quincy Police Department has moved to a new digital ticket program called DigiTicket.

Quincy settles federal suit with former employee
Local Government

Quincy settles federal suit with former employee

The city of Quincy has settled a federal lawsuit brought by a former Central Services employee, who claimed she lost her job after speaking out against a proposal to privatize all city residential garbage and recycling collection.

Quincy News

Quincy police to meet up at Dunkin' Donuts to raise money for Special Olympics

Quincy officers will be joining the statewide Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser on Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts shop.

Local Government

Quincy Township assessor updating photo inventory as part of system transition

The first step of a multiyear project by the Quincy Township assessor is moving forward. Starting Monday workers from the assessor's office began taking photos of all houses and buildings in the township.

What's happening with the former Long John Silver's?
Answers

What's happening with the former Long John Silver's?

The building, which has been vacant since Long John silver's closed in September 2014 after 38 years of operation, is being demolished.