Staff Writer

Matt Dutton

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Matt Dutton joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in October 2016. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features. A Monmouth native, Matt received a bachelor’s degree in English from Monmouth College. While at Monmouth College, he studied journalism under former NBC Nightly News Executive Director Joe Angotti. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, he interned with the Gatehouse Media Review Atlas in Monmouth. After receiving his degree, he became the Review Atlas’ staff reporter. In his free time, Matt enjoys hiking, fishing and playing the drums.

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Education

Blessing's Safe School program addresses violence in schools

The goal of Blessing Hospital's Safe School program is, sadly, a timely one: to identify and help students who might become school shooters. The average age of those profiled has gradually dropped over the years.

School officials, police encourage reporting of all possible threats
Education

School officials, police encourage reporting of all possible threats

Quincy school and law enforcement officials urge students and parents to report anything that might constitute a threat to the school. Officials agree that anything that makes a person feel uncomfortable or concerned should be reported. This story includes a list of numbers to know when you need to report potential threats.

Hancock County Board balks at taking deed to former Hancock County Jail
Local Government

Hancock County Board balks at taking deed to former Hancock County Jail

The dissolution of the Hancock County Historic Preservation Association has left the Hancock County Board unsure about what to do with the former Hancock County Jail, the oldest building on Carthage's square.

Blessing reaches out to mall walkers with screenings
Health

Blessing reaches out to mall walkers with screenings

Blessing Physician Services sets up in Quincy Mall every Tuesday morning to catch the walkers who turn out before the stores open. Pacesetters is a program Blessing has sponsored at the mall since 2008 to give people a safe exercise environment.

Business

Small businesses to see most advantages from new tax law

Large corporations are not the only businesses that will benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Mount Sterling boy must recover from stroke before heart transplant
Illinois News

Mount Sterling boy must recover from stroke before heart transplant

Ali Llewellyn was crossing into the city limits of Mount Sterling, Ill., after a two-hour drive from St. Louis, when her husband, Adam, called about their 2-year-old son, Elliott, who needed a heart transplant.

LIFE STORIES: From cooking crack to cooking contests
Quincy News

LIFE STORIES: From cooking crack to cooking contests

Gerome Crayton, a former drug dealer, went from cooking crack cocaine and selling it on the streets to cooking comfort food and selling it through the catering service he started. "I got a second chance," he said. "With the right care and unconditional love, anybody can rebound."

Chicago suburb donates park equipment to Plainville
Illinois News

Chicago suburb donates park equipment to Plainville

PLAINVILLE, Ill. -- Playground equipment from Alsip will soon see a second life 285 miles away in Plainville, a testament to the power of social media. Plainville Mayor Chuck Epley wanted to upgrade the village's playground but knew the village of 264 didn

Quincy News

Quincy again named one of most artistic towns in U.S.

Quincy has been recognized by Expedia as one of America's most artistic towns for the second consecutive year - the only community to make the online travel site's list in back-to-back years.

Local counselor offers tips on combatting seasonal depression
Health

Local counselor offers tips on combatting seasonal depression

About 5 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from the winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder is a recognized psychiatric condition characterized by mood changes similar to depression that usually occur during the fall and winter months.