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 Quincy man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with a shooting this summer. Jamie W.A. Farthing, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, in Adams County Circuit Court.
Their purpose is to promote Quincy High School athletics. An Aug. 12, 2013, vote by the Quincy City Council gave a booster club permission to paint multiple Qs on Maine Street.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner continued his relentless attack against House Speaker Michael Madigan during a Friday visit to Quincy, never mentioning his Republican primary opponent nor any other Democratic candidates.
A federal judge has denied a motion from the special prosecutors in the Curtis Lovelace murder trial to quash their subpoenas in Lovelace's civil rights lawsuit.
The name of a woman accused of pulling a weapon on a tow truck driver earlier this week has been released. The Adams County state's attorney's office said Sarah E. Mayfield, 32, of Quincy, was arrested Sunday.
Volunteers keep the wheels turning for many organizations, and during the holidays it picks up for many. Steve Lindsey of Toys for Tots said the organization wouldn't be able to distribute toys to children in West-Central Illinois without its volunteers.