Staff Writer

Matt Dutton

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Matt Dutton joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in October 2016. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features. A Monmouth native, Matt received a bachelor’s degree in English from Monmouth College. While at Monmouth College, he studied journalism under former NBC Nightly News Executive Director Joe Angotti. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, he interned with the Gatehouse Media Review Atlas in Monmouth. After receiving his degree, he became the Review Atlas’ staff reporter. In his free time, Matt enjoys hiking, fishing and playing the drums.

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Illinois News

Pike County artifact travels into space

A stone spear point from Pike County, Ill., has become one of the few archaeological artifacts to travel with an astronaut into space.

Illinois News

Pittsfield council approves date for Glow Run

The Pittsfield City Council on Tuesday approved the date for Illini Fitness Center's Glow Run. The fifth annual Glow Run will be at 9 p.m. June 9.

Illinois News

Hancock County hires new EMS director

The Hancock County Board hired a new EMS director Tuesday night. Gabe Smeltser of Hamilton will take over April 24, as acting director Terry Griffin steps aside. Paramedic Tyler Wilson resigned from the position last month.

Service League donates more than $15K to Payson schools
Education

Service League donates more than $15K to Payson schools

The Payson School District soon will have enough Chromebook laptops for each middle and high school student in the district, thanks to a grant from Quincy Service League.

Illinois News

Recovering father tells story of son's overdose

Naperville native Tim Ryan Ryan shared his story of losing his son, Nick, to heroin during the Opioid Crisis Next Door, a substance abuse awareness presentation, Tuesday in Carthage. Ryan had simple advice. "Quit being friends with your kids. Be parents," he said. "With my son, I wasn't his parent. I was his friend, and he's dead now."

Pike County All Wars Museum to open with twice the space anticipated
Illinois News

Pike County All Wars Museum to open with twice the space anticipated

The Pike County All Wars Museum will have a grand opening Saturday at 320 N. Illinois St. in Pittsfield. "The whole place is really looking good," museum volunteer Jeff Snyder said. "We had to work on the building for a year before we could even open, and it has come a long way."

School superintendents back education funding reform bill
Education

School superintendents back education funding reform bill

Seven superintendents from across West-Central Illinois spoke at a town hall meeting Monday on the funding disparities between districts and on the shortcomings of the state as it remains locked in a budget stalemate.

LIFE STORIES: Young entrepreneur finds home in Quincy fitness community
Life Stories

LIFE STORIES: Young entrepreneur finds home in Quincy fitness community

Sam Karoll's life experiences transcend his young age. Karoll, 26, was born in Atlanta and adopted by Monty and Laura Karoll of Quincy when he was 6 months old.

Agriculture

Illinois farmers seeking dry fields to plant after weeks of rain

Many Illinois farmers are scouring for dry fields to start the planting season. Mendon farmer Eric Rabe, like most in the area, started planting Wednesday.

Downtown Quincy Kirlin's store closing
Business

Downtown Quincy Kirlin's store closing

Kirlin's Hallmark's flagship store is closing after almost 70 years in downtown Quincy. The store at the corner of Sixth and Maine will shut it doors on Saturday, April 29.