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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.

Bylines

Illinois News

Legislators request Rauner's plan for Veterans Home by Friday

A group of Illinois legislators has asked Gov. Bruce Rauner to provide his plan on moving forward with a new facility at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy to the General Assembly by Friday. The letter to the governor sent Monday calls on the administration to include draft legislation to expedite the process at the home and "complete and accurate details about your proposed plan."

Was there a caboose in Quincy that served as a clothing store?
Answers

Was there a caboose in Quincy that served as a clothing store?

There was a caboose that served as a cloithing store in Quincy. It was simply called the Caboose, and it was at 427 N. 18th.

Illinois News

First Steps Program helps new young mothers

Raquel Kroencke is a beliver in the First Steps Program at Cornerstone: Foundation for Families. The parent education program targets young mothers who are expecting or are within three months of having given birth.

Healthy Kids Day seeks to keep families active during summer
Quincy News

Healthy Kids Day seeks to keep families active during summer

Archery is something Amy Lefringhouse knows will grabs the attention of children. Using foam-tipped arrows, Gardner Camp set up a booth Saturday to give kids an opportunity to try something different.

Missouri News

Pickers Market brings out shoppers

Jamey Simmons bys various items at auctions, flea markets and other sales, and he may hold onto them for a few years before he turns around and sells them,.

Talking is key for 'Salvage Dawgs'
Missouri News

Talking is key for 'Salvage Dawgs'

One of the best ways Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp find salvage opportunities in a new area is to talk to people.

Campaign seeks to preserve historic treasures
Quincy News

Campaign seeks to preserve historic treasures

As part of the Friday evening kickoff for its "Preserving Our Historic Treasures" capital campaign, the Historical Society displayed eight items it has never displayed before at the History Museum, 332 Maine.

Final Veterans Home plan could be released next week
Quincy News

Final Veterans Home plan could be released next week

A final plan on improvements to the Illinois Veterans Home that would include the construction of a new facility on the Quincy campus in response to multiple outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease since 2015 could be released as early as next week.

Police & Courts

UPDATE: Teen accused of killing LaHarpe woman pleads not guilty

At least one witness told police that the Hamilton teen charged in the New Year's Day shooting death of a LaHarpe woman said he was going to shoot her.

'Salvage Dawgs' stars to appear at Pickers Market in New London
Missouri News

'Salvage Dawgs' stars to appear at Pickers Market in New London

Almost anything -- possibly a kitchen sink or two -- will be available to those looking for antique and vintage pieces for their home this weekend at the Northeast MO Pickers Market.