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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Illinois News

Exchange Club honors trooper with law enforcement award, Tri-Township firefighter with firefighter award

Both Tri-Township firefighter Kyle Dixon and Illinois State Police Trooper Cory Fox love their jobs and aren't in it for the accolades. But accolades were in order Friday at the Quincy Exchange Club's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation Luncheon.

Illinois News

Circuit clerk says transition to e-filing of civil cases going smoothly so far

About two months after the Illinois Supreme Court began to require that civil cases be filed electronically, the Adams County circuit clerk says the change has been relatively smooth.

Possible plea in works for woman charged in 2017 Quincy shooting
Police & Courts

Possible plea in works for woman charged in 2017 Quincy shooting

The arraignment of a Burlington, Iowa, woman charged in connection with a shooting last summer in downtown Quincy was delayed. Ashley N. Wilson is set to appear March 16 in Adams County Circuit Court.

Man connected to Blessing lockdown arrested after high-speed chase
Police & Courts

Man connected to Blessing lockdown arrested after high-speed chase

Robert D. Sparks, 45, is facing a charge of aggravated domestic battery in connection to an earlier incident, which also led Blessing Hospital to go on lockdown for several hours in response to an "external threat to a person at the 11th Street facility."

Police & Courts

Police consider threat level, other factors before high-speed pursuit

Quincy police officials agree that the decision to pursue a man being sought in connection with an aggravated domestic battery Thursday morning was a bit different from normal.

Quincy man pleads guilty to 2017 attack on QU friar
Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads guilty to 2017 attack on QU friar

A Quincy man charged in the 2017 attack of a friar at Quincy University has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery of a school employee.

Quincy man sentenced to 16 years after pleading guilty to multiple sex assualt, abuse charges
Police & Courts

Quincy man sentenced to 16 years after pleading guilty to multiple sex assualt, abuse charges

A 77-year-old Quincy man was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to sexually abusing three girls.

Judge OKs mental fitness exam for teen charged in LaHarpe woman's death
Police & Courts

Judge OKs mental fitness exam for teen charged in LaHarpe woman's death

A preliminary hearing for a teen charged in the New Year's Day shooting death of a LaHarpe woman has been continued until April 17.

Illinois News

100 Women Who Care chapter exceeds membership goal

Five days was all it took for the Quincy and Adams County chapter of 100 Women Who Care to exceed their goal of getting 100 women to join the philanthropic organization. More than 120 women have signed up for the group.

Why does the Park District plan to build a trail through Parker Heights Park?
Answers

Why does the Park District plan to build a trail through Parker Heights Park?

The Quincy Park Board voted 5-2 in August to allow Executive Director Rome Frericks to prepare an application for grant funding for the portion of the Bill Klingner Trail between Fifth Street and Bonansinga Drive.