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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Police & Courts

Death penalty sought for former Quincy woman charged in son's death

Prosecutors have announced their intention to seek the death penalty in the case of a former Quincy resident accused of drowning her 8-year-old son in 2017.

Parade honors area veterans
Quincy News

Parade honors area veterans

Scott Thoele laughed at the mild temperatures Saturday as he thought of the 2018 Quincy Area Veterans Day Parade. "It was worse last year," Thole said. "It was really cold last year. This is not terrible."

Ameren showcases its emergency operations, response at open house
Quincy News

Ameren showcases its emergency operations, response at open house

A mobile substation was parked at the Ameren Illinois substation at North 22nd and Spruce right before the July 13, 2015, windstorm that knocked out power for the majority of the city of Quincy.

Armistice Day saw large crowds in Quincy
Answers

Armistice Day saw large crowds in Quincy

The first word that the Armistice was signed by Germany hit Quincy at 1:46 a.m. Noc. 11, 1918, when an Associated Press operator received the message "Flash -- Armistice Signed."

Police & Courts

Bond increased to $600k for man accused of violating order of protection for teen who drowned

Bond was increased to a combined $600,000 for a Quincy man accused of violating an order of protection for a Quincy teenager who drowned Oct. 27.

Expert witness hired to review autopsy in Pittsfield beating death
Police & Courts

Expert witness hired to review autopsy in Pittsfield beating death

An expert will be hired for the defense of a Pittsfield man charged in the beating death of another Pittsfield man.

RFP process for Veterans Home to start next week
Illinois News

RFP process for Veterans Home to start next week

The $230 million redevelopment of the Illinois Veterans Home will see the construction of a new 210-bed long-term care facility and an 80-resident domiciliary for independent living.

Family questions bond for man who was with teen who drowned
Police & Courts

Family questions bond for man who was with teen who drowned

Kaylee Mehochko will be rememberd as a quiet and loving person. She loved animals, music and hoped to become a pediatric physician. "She was very soft spoken, very mild mannered," her uncle Jim May remembered.

Police & Courts

Jury selection expected to last two days in Gavin retrial

Jury selection is expected to take two days in the second trial of the Quincy charged in the shooting death of another Quincy man.

Are the trees on Vermont going to be removed?
Answers

Are the trees on Vermont going to be removed?

The trees have already been removed as part of the streetscape improvements taking place on Vermont between Fifth and Seventh streets.