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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

Answers

What happens to animals in deer park during July 4 fireworks?

None of the animals is removed from the two enclosures at the Lynn Deer Park during the fireworks displays. Rick Gengenbacher, marking director at the Illinois Veterans Home, said there have been no reports of problems with the deer or buffaloes.

Annual ski show set Tuesday in All America Park
Quincy News

Annual ski show set Tuesday in All America Park

The Great River Ski Team hopes to attract a crowd to the riverfront Tuesday for some family-friendly entertainment.

Donations of bookbags, school supplies support Neighborhood Federation's back-to-school picnic
Quincy News

Donations of bookbags, school supplies support Neighborhood Federation's back-to-school picnic

Little time was needed to see how much a bookbag can make a difference in the life of a child.

How did the Orr Center come to be named?
Answers

How did the Orr Center come to be named?

The Orr Research Center near Perry is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the appropriation bills that created it, and hosted a celebration last week.

Local Government

Quincy Park District expends financial assistance program for first time

The Quincy Park District has seen an increase in requests for financial assistance this year, and commissioners and staff aren't complaining.

Man charged in Quincy vandalism case declines negotiated plea deal
Police & Courts

Man charged in Quincy vandalism case declines negotiated plea deal

A Liberty man charged with criminal damage to property in connection with numerous vandalism incidents this spring declined to enter a negotiated plea Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Case continued for Quincy mother charged in son's drowning
Police & Courts

Case continued for Quincy mother charged in son's drowning

The case of a Quincy woman charged in connection with the 2016 drowning of her toddler son has been continued a week.

Can the city do anything about the two damaged houses in the 500 block of Sycamore?
Answers

Can the city do anything about the two damaged houses in the 500 block of Sycamore?

It looks like you are referring to 513 and 517 Sycamore. The two properties are included on the city's fix-or-flatten program list, which was approved by the Quincy City Council on June 26.

Local Government

City expecting revenue shortfalls from changes in state budget

Financial projections show the city of Quincy could see revenue cuts that could top $800,000 by next year.

Lovelaces respond to city's move to dismiss majority of their lawsuit
Lovelace Case

Lovelaces respond to city's move to dismiss majority of their lawsuit

Attorneys for Curtis Lovelace and his family are asking a federal judge to not dismiss any of the counts of their civil rights lawsuit brought on after he was acquitted of murder charges in connection with the death of his first wife.