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.
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.
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.
A Quincy man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager this summer has been sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
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.
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.
The Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association hosted an open house Tuesday on a proposed project to restore Quincy Bay.