Staff Writer

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

Retired police detective reflects on split-second decision in novel

Retired Quincy police detective Ron Grant reflects on how his career in law enforcement and his life could have changed drastically in one split second in his new novel, "Miracle Out of the Snow."

Quincy man sentenced to 11 years in prison after Alford plea in sexual assault case
Police & Courts

Quincy man sentenced to 11 years in prison after Alford plea in sexual assault case

A Quincy man was sentenced to 11 years in the Department of Corrections Thursday in Adams County Circuit Court for one count of criminal sexual assault.

Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex to benefit from $15,000 matching grant
Quincy News

Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex to benefit from $15,000 matching grant

The Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex on Quincy's northwest side has a chance to earn an additional $15,000 to continue providing swimming opportunities to children.

Answers

Does the Quincy Park District have plans to eradicate honeysuckle?

Matt Higley, director of parks for the Quincy Park District, said district staff will cut honeysuckle back to the edge of timber each fall, but it hasn't required significant efforts.

Police & Courts

Witness says 2015 shooting death linked to drug deal

Steven E. Gavin was trying to sell $100 of crack cocaine to Carlous Wires, when Wires told him he wouldn't pay more than $80. After the crack cocaine sale didn't go through, Gavin allegedly left and returned with a gun and shot Wires, 48, twice in the head, the witness said.

Police & Courts

Investigation continues into tire theft from Quincy auto dealer

The investigation continues into the theft of multiple tires and wheels from vehicles at a Quincy auto dealership.

Will QPS use funds besides bond money to pay for new schools?
Answers

Will QPS use funds besides bond money to pay for new schools?

The construction of five new elementary schools and an expansion of Quincy High School were funded through the passage of an $89 million referendum approved by voters in 2014.

Melodie Lane fire caused by child playing with barbecue lighter
Quincy News

Melodie Lane fire caused by child playing with barbecue lighter

All occupants of a home at 1018 Melodie Lane North escaped a fire Tuesday afternoon caused by a 7-year-old child playing with a barbecue lighter.

Local Government

Committee recommends 12 properties for fix-or-flatten program

Twelve properties are being recommended to the Quincy City Council as part of the fix-or-flatten program after the Finance Committee reviewed the list Monday.

Answers

What can be done to have your neighbor's yard cleaned up?

Your best option if you are in Quincy would be to contact one of your aldermen who can assist in the nuisance abatement.