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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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Local Government

Quincy Park District explores Lenane Park sale

A park on the northwest corner of Quincy could be put up for public auction, though it would require voter approval.

Will the tree behind John Wood statue be removed?
Answers

Will the tree behind John Wood statue be removed?

Director of Parks Matt Higley said the tree is set for removal this winter. Higley said tree removeal in the district is typically set in the winter unless a tree poses an immediate risk, because the district doesn't have a stanalone forestry crew.

Quincy man who pleaded guilty to secretly video recording children gets 15-year sentence
Police & Courts

Quincy man who pleaded guilty to secretly video recording children gets 15-year sentence

A Quincy man who had secretly recorded children in his home over two years was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

'Curious Incident' to premiere Friday
Quincy News

'Curious Incident' to premiere Friday

A hope of those who see a performance of Quincy Community Theatre's production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is that they leave with a better understanding of autism, though it will only be a glimpse into one person's world.

Quincy News

Park Board approves contract for holiday lights display

QUINCY -- A group looking to bring back a drive-thru holiday lights display in Moorman and Wavering parks received approval. The Quincy Park Board approved a one-year agreement with Festival of Lights Inc. Wednesday night. Eric Dooley of Festival of Lights

Arraignment continued in Pittsfield beating death
Police & Courts

Arraignment continued in Pittsfield beating death

The trial of a Pittsfield man charged in the beating death of another Pittsfield man won't take place until late January or February 2020.

Grant will support Quanada's new transitional housing program
Quincy News

Grant will support Quanada's new transitional housing program

A new transitional housing program will be launched starting next month as part of a more than $400,000 grant.

Former nursing home chaplain sentenced to 26 years in sex abuse cases
Police & Courts

Former nursing home chaplain sentenced to 26 years in sex abuse cases

The former chaplain for a Quincy nursing home was sentenced to 26 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to multiple sex abuse charges, including ones alleging he abused two residents at the facility.

Education

Scholarship recipient who had heart transplant has 'continued drive'

Shelby Kite spent 73 days in a closet-sized hospital room waiting for the perfect the perfect heart to arrive.

Police & Courts

Officials warn of at-home sexual assault evidence kits

Megan Duesterhaus-AuBuchon didn't waste any time to contact area colleges letting them know that a self-administered or at-home sexual assault evidence kit was a terrible idea.