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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Police & Courts

Quincy apartment building fire under investigation

The Quincy Police Department is investigating the cause of a fire Wednesday night at an apartment building on the city's northwest side.

Naloxone saving lives of those who overdosed
People Are Dying

Naloxone saving lives of those who overdosed

A Quincy woman told police she was reading a book to her daughter one evening in November 2016 when she heard a loud thud.

Adams County: Engineering firm negligent, breached contract in demolition that led to lawsuit
Local Government

Adams County: Engineering firm negligent, breached contract in demolition that led to lawsuit

Adams County says the Quincy engineering firm hired to oversee the demolition of various buildings in the footprint of the new county jail was negligent and breached its contract in its services to the county.

Hannibal man pleads not guilty in Adams County drug-trafficking case
Police & Courts

Hannibal man pleads not guilty in Adams County drug-trafficking case

A Hannibal, Mo., man faces up to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted of the most severe charge he faces after being accused of trafficking methamphetamine into Quincy.

Business

After announcement, independent Sears dealer says it can't come to Quincy for 18 months

An announcement over the weekend that a Sears Hometown would be coming to Quincy after the Sears in the Quincy Mall closes later this summer appears premature.

Aldermen narrowly approve three-year contract with police union
Local Government

Aldermen narrowly approve three-year contract with police union

The Quincy City County on Monday narrowly adopted a three-year contract with the bargaining units representing patrol officers with the Quincy Police Department, as well as department sergeants and lieutenants. In other business, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol was presented to 2nd Lt. Jack Lucie, a Basco native and a 2018 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

State, federal governments push for overdose prevention
People Are Dying

State, federal governments push for overdose prevention

Both state and federal governments have sought solutions over the last year to try and alleviate the opioid epidemic through a variety of plans and programs.

Law enforcement trying multiple methods to curb opioid overdoses
People Are Dying

Law enforcement trying multiple methods to curb opioid overdoses

Three opioid overdose deaths in rapid succession in 2015 showed a gap in tracking in the city of Quincy. Until part way through 2015, the Quincy Police Department didn't track the number of opioid overdose calls it responded to. It does now.

Hannibal News

U.S. attorney reviews tools to combat violent crime, including prevention

The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, which includes Northeast Missouri, knows his office will aggressively prosecute violent crime, but he also realizes that prosecution isn't the only solution to prevent it.

Six new Americans take citizenship oaths at Hannibal ceremony
Hannibal News

Six new Americans take citizenship oaths at Hannibal ceremony

Biyang Klingel has lived in the Unite States since 2011. Before immigrating to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, she lived in a large city in China with little green space. She doesn't have that problem anymore.