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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Quincy News

Antique cars pull into Quincy

QUINCY -- J.R. Stewart and his wife, Sandy, drive their 1932 DeSoto to Quincy each fall, but that isn't the only trips they are making in their four-door street rod. The couple from Pocahontas in southern Illinois has owned the car since 1970 and drive it

Police & Courts

Quincy man gets probation in burglary case

A Quincy man charged in the November 2017 burglary of a former tire shop has been sentenced to probation. Dustin E. Willis will serve four years probation on one count of burglary.

Quincy News

Group seeks to assist Illinois in prevent Legionnaires' disease cases

A national group seeking to promote education and a holistic approach in preventing cases of Legionnaires' disease hopes to assist Illinois as it deals with multiple outbreaks at the Illinois Veterans Home and develops new statewide water safety rules.

New attorney to be named for Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death
Police & Courts

New attorney to be named for Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death

The Quincy man charged in the 2015 shooting death of another Quincy man will receive a new attorney. Judge Robert Adrian ruled Monday in Adams County Circuit Court that Public Defender Chris Pratt can withdraw as attorney for Steven E. Gavin.

Police & Courts

Quincy man sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty in sexual assault case

A Quincy man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager this summer has been sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Quincy News

Investigation into fire that killed two children continues

The investigation continues into the cause of a Friday night fire that killed two children. Quincy Deputy Fire Chief Steve Salrin said there was nothing new to report on the investigation at this time.

Republican comptroller candidate says she would 'commit to Illinois'
Elections

Republican comptroller candidate says she would 'commit to Illinois'

The Republican candidate for Illinois comptroller would "commit to Illinois" if elected, saying Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza won't answer whether she will run for mayor of Chicago.

Local Government

Park District share of dock project is $4 million

The Quincy Park District would need to seek approval from voters to sell $4 million to cover its proposed share of an overhaul of Quincy's riverfront.

Local Government

Trail project adjusted to attract lower bids

Revisions to the design of the Bill Klingner Trail between 18th and 24th streets should produce lower bids.

Visitors hope Quincy Bay project will be approved before it's too late
Local Government

Visitors hope Quincy Bay project will be approved before it's too late

The Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association hosted an open house Tuesday on a proposed project to restore Quincy Bay.