Staff Writer

Matt Hopf


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.


Police & Courts

Adams County starts moving into new jail

No public tours are planned as initially hoped and a dedication isn't planned at this time, but the new $32 million Adams County Jail is gradually becoming operational.

Illinois Veterans Home adjusts to pay tribute for Memorial Day
Quincy News

Illinois Veterans Home adjusts to pay tribute for Memorial Day

The Memorial Day program at the Illinois Veterans Home isn't just considered a commemoration for the residents and staff at the home but for the whole community.

Illinois News

Illinois National Guard activated for flood response

Sixty soldiers with the Illinois National Guard have been activated for state active duty to assist with the flood response efforts in four counties along the Illinois River, including Pike County.

Local Government

Staff furloughed as uncertainty remains for OLC events

The Oakley-Lindsay Center has furloughed the majoirty of its full-time staff as it continues to be shuttered because of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and there are no signs when operations could resume at the civic center.


Businesses continue preparations to welcome back customers

Using every other table is one of the ways Tiramisu in downtown Quincy plans to welcome back customers when the Italian eatery is able to welcome dine-in customers.


JWCC lays out renormalization plan

John Wood Community College is set to start having some of its employees return to campus after working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Starting June 1, the college will start the first phase of its renormalization plan.

Quincy Park District to offer small group programming during summer
Quincy News

Quincy Park District to offer small group programming during summer

Indian Mounds Pool will not open to swimmers in 2020 and several other larger programs were canceled this spring and summer, but park officials plan to offer programming for smaller groups starting next month.

Illinois News

Beyond warnings, local officials look to state to enforce order

Local enforcement for violations of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home will not come with a citation if local officials can help it. Instead, they will look to use warnings and possible referrals to state agencies.


Additional COVID-19 testing taking place at area nursing homes

COVID-19 testing is being expanded to more Adams County nursing homes. On Wednesday, the Adams County Health Department and the Southern Illinois University Center for Family Medicine-Quincy, provided tests to all residents and staff at St. Vincent's Home


Blessing to offer two forms of rapid COVID-19 tests

The Blessing Health System said it will offer two separate rapid tests to detect COVID-19 in patients. Blessing announced Thrusday that one of the systems became operations this week and the other is expected to start next week.