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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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Police & Courts

Quincy man accused of throwing cat against wall pleads not guilty

A Quincy man facing multiple charges including animal torture reportedly video recorded himself throwing a cat against a wall has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Fitness exam ordered for Quincy woman facing arson charges
Police & Courts

Fitness exam ordered for Quincy woman facing arson charges

The Quincy woman facing multiple arson charges will be evaluated by a Springfield psychiatrist.

Summer on Sixth highlights local businesses, collects school supplies
Business

Summer on Sixth highlights local businesses, collects school supplies

Frankie Murphy Giesing held up his cellphone to show the bricks that previosuly covered the columns in front of his building at 121 N. Sixth.

Local Government

Quincy deep-well project cost estimate climbs based on test drillings

Quinsippi Island is the most cost-effective location to build a groundwater source for the city of Quincy's water system, but the costs are more than $3 million higher than the initial cost estimates.

Police & Courts

Case continued for Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death to await report from cellphone expert

The case of a Quincy man held in the 2015 shooting death of another Quincy man has been set for a status hearing later this month, when a report from a cellphone expert is expected.

Quincy man charged in infant's death pleads not guilty
Police & Courts

Quincy man charged in infant's death pleads not guilty

The Quincy man charged in the January death of a 2-month-old could face a life sentence if he is convicted.

Appellate court upholds Crider's conviction in 2015 shooting death of 12-year-old
Police & Courts

Appellate court upholds Crider's conviction in 2015 shooting death of 12-year-old

The conviction of an Arizona man in the 2015 shooting death of a 12-year-old has been upheld by an Illinois appellate court.

Judge orders Lovelace to sit for additional deposition in civil case against Quincy, Adams County
Lovelace Case

Judge orders Lovelace to sit for additional deposition in civil case against Quincy, Adams County

Curtis Lovelace has been ordered to sit for three more hours of questioning by attorneys representing the city of Quincy and Adams County in his ongoing civil rights lawsuit stemming from his arrest and murder trials in the death of his first wife.

Answers

Where are walls for the new Adams County Jail built?

Where do they make the prefabricated walls for the new Adams County Jail?

The prefabricated walls were manufactured at the Midwest Precast Concrete in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Brought into the site on a trailer, they are moved into place by a crane.

The concrete firm made headlines this spring after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the facility May 9 and took 32 people into custody on suspicion of immigration violations.

Mark Peter, chairman of the county's Jail Exploratory Committee, said the general contractor, Williams Brothers Construction of Peoria, selects where materials come from. He was not aware of any delays caused by the raid.

"If you look down there, all that is down there is that east wall of that housing unit," Peter said. "Everything else is there. I do know we did have two or three sections that were rejected and had to be reconditioned."

The new 75,000-square-foot L-shaped jail building, which will...

New QCT executive director settles in
Quincy News

New QCT executive director settles in

Completing her first month as executive director of the Quincy Community Theatre, Reagan Costigan said the biggest surprise to her was the dedication in the productions.