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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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Answers

What is Payson Avenue named after?

Phil Germann, a historian and former executive director of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, previously told The Herald-Whig that the street was named befoire 1850 but was not certain whether there were any records on how it was named.

Sentencing continued for Quincy man who pleaded guilty in 2019 shooting death
Police & Courts

Sentencing continued for Quincy man who pleaded guilty in 2019 shooting death

Sentencing has been delayed for a Quincy man who pleaded guilty in the 2019 shooting death of another Quincy man on the city's northwest side.

Blessing introduces temperature kiosks
Health

Blessing introduces temperature kiosks

Visitors to a Blessing Health System facility should start noticing changes in how they are screened before they enter the facility. Blessing started installing temperature kiosks that can take a person's temperature without no contact.

Quincy woman slated for Adams County clerk and recorder race
Illinois News

Quincy woman slated for Adams County clerk and recorder race

A Quincy resident and a Quincy Public Schools paraeducator has kicked off her campaign for Adams County Clerk and Recorder.

Quincy News

Drive helps support Neighborhood Federation bookbag distribution

Tracy Kiefer sees the community helping the community as the school years approaches.

Adams County reports record high COVID-19 cases, positives in Sheriff's Department
Health

Adams County reports record high COVID-19 cases, positives in Sheriff's Department

A daily record number of confirmed COVID-19 cases was reported Friday in Adams County, nad hte courthouse will be limiting access starting next week after several employees at the Sheriff's Department tested positive.

Will there be a citywide cleanup year?
Answers

Will there be a citywide cleanup year?

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many canellations this year, but it doesn't look like the citywide cleanup will be one of them. However, a date has not been confirmed.

Quincy News

Groups hope to offer census assistance

What started out as an idea to put together a large community event this summer was revamped to provide assistance for completing the U.S. Census.

Health

Second Adams County resident dies after contracting COVID-19

Adams County has reported the second COVID-19-related death of a county resident. The Adams County Health Department on Wednesday announced that a woman in her 90s had tested positive for the virus.

Quincy Park District revamps programs amidst COVD-19
Quincy News

Quincy Park District revamps programs amidst COVD-19

Continued restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic have made the Quincy Park District adjust its summer programs.