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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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Quincy News

Garage total loss in Quincy fire

A detached garage is a total loss after a fire Friday afternoon on Quincy's south side.

Canton man charged with murder in stepfather's death
Police & Courts

Canton man charged with murder in stepfather's death

The stepson of a Lewis County man shot to death Thursday night has been charged with first-degree murder. Cody R. Wilson, 19, of Canton is accused of shooting David L. Brooks, 56, with a large-caliber handgun. He also faces one count of armed criminal action.

Probable cause statement says argument between mother, stepfather caused stepson to snap, kill stepfather
Police & Courts

Probable cause statement says argument between mother, stepfather caused stepson to snap, kill stepfather

The stepson of a Lewis County man shot to death Thursday night has been charged with first-degree muder.

More tickets issued as part of cellphone crackdown
Police & Courts

More tickets issued as part of cellphone crackdown

The Quincy Police Department has issued 18 citations for using a cellphone while driving so far this year. That's half of the 36 citations issued in the past three years.

Quincy News

Concerts in the Plaza series returns Friday

The District hopes workers downtown will be able to enjoy the weather and lunch for a four-week lunchtime concert series.

Mental fitness exam ordered for man charged with attacking QU friar
Police & Courts

Mental fitness exam ordered for man charged with attacking QU friar

The Quincy man charged in the attack of a friar at Quincy University will undergo a mental fitness exam. The preliminary hearing for George E. Scott IV, 36, was continued to allow time for Frank Froman to complete the exam.

Tuition hike, job cuts coming to JWCC to help balance budget
Education

Tuition hike, job cuts coming to JWCC to help balance budget

Tuition increases and job cuts, as well as a new winter accelerated term, are being included as a ways to help balance next fiscal year's budget at John Wood Community College brought on by the continued state budget impasse.

Moore outspends VanCamp 3 to 1 in election
Elections

Moore outspends VanCamp 3 to 1 in election

Kyle Moore outspent challenger Jeff VanCamp by a margin or more than three to one to earn a second term as Quincy mayor according to campaign disclosure reports.

Police & Courts

Trial of Philadelphia, Mo., man accused in 2015 killing set to start May 15

A Philadelphia, Mo., man facing multiple charges in connection with the 2015 shooting death of a Hannibal man is set to go to trial next month.

Do you know anything about a contest to name Monroe School?
Answers

Do you know anything about a contest to name Monroe School?

The school, which opened in 1959, was named Monroe after the Quincy School Board sought proposals from the public. Was it a contest? It doesn't appear so.