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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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Police & Courts

Detective recounts Wires death investigation at Gavin retrial

The lead detective in the Carlous Wires shooting death investigation testified Friday that police had to investigate rumors from the street in the case.

What is going on at the old Motorola building at 17th and Locust?
Answers

What is going on at the old Motorola building at 17th and Locust?

A building permit with the city of Quincy shows that the former Motorola plant at 17th and Locust is having space renovated along with the addition of a few offices.

Testimony starts in retrial of Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death
Police & Courts

Testimony starts in retrial of Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death

Testimony in the Steven E. Gavin retrial started out nearly identical to the first trial in February 2019 that ended in a mistrial after the jury became deadlocked.

Opening statements held in Gavin case
Police & Courts

Opening statements held in Gavin case

Opening statements in the retrail of a Quincy man charged in the 2015 shooting death of a Quincy man were along the same lines as the first trial.

Police & Courts

Opening statements expected Tuesday in Gavin case

Opening statements are expected to start Tuesday afternoon in the Steven E. Gavin retrial after attorneys interviewed 20 potential jurors Monday.

Quincy Park District plans to expand outdoor fitness equipment offerings
Quincy News

Quincy Park District plans to expand outdoor fitness equipment offerings

The installation of a fitness equipment station at Bob Mays Park last fall has led to plans for additional stations throughout the Quincy Park District, as well as outdoor fitness classes starting this spring.

Report shows failures in DCFS investigation before 2018 fire that killed two children
Quincy News

Report shows failures in DCFS investigation before 2018 fire that killed two children

An inspector general's investigation into Illinois' child welfare agency after the October 2018 deaths of two Quincy children found multiple lapses into the department's ongoing investigation with the family.

When are the remaining school sculptures going to be installed?
Answers

When are the remaining school sculptures going to be installed?

The privately-funded sculptures are being installed at the five elementary schools, Quincy Junior High School, Quincy High School and Quincy Notre Dame High School as part of a partnership between Arts Quincy and the Moorman Foundation as a way to celebra

Police & Courts

Monday jury selection remains in Gavin retrial after hearing

Jury selection remains set to start Monday in the case of a Quincy man charged in the 2015 shooting death of another Quincy man after a short-notice evidentiary hearing was required Thursday afternoon.

GREDF seeks 'Forward Focus' in 2020
Quincy News

GREDF seeks 'Forward Focus' in 2020

A "Forward Focus" is how the Great River Economic Development Foundation plans promote and grow the business community in 2020.