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 organizations cooperate to help residents better selves in 2017

Several Pike County agencies have embarked on a yearlong project they hope will help residents improve the quality of their day-to-day lives.

UPDATE: Strike delayed, students to attend school Tuesday
Education

UPDATE: Strike delayed, students to attend school Tuesday

A last-minute agreement will keep Quincy students in schools, at least for the time being.
After weeks of tension, representatives of the Quincy Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Personnel and Quincy Public Schools officials held a last-minute, four-hour meeting Saturday.

With icy forecast, Quincy residents prepare for long weekend indoors
Illinois News

With icy forecast, Quincy residents prepare for long weekend indoors

Hoping to beat the possible weather onslaught, Quincy residents flocked to the city's grocery stores Friday afternoon, many filling their carts with food and other essentials to take home with an eye toward not re-emerging for a couple of days.

Adams County Board accepts bids for new ambulance facility, jail site demolitions
Quincy News

Adams County Board accepts bids for new ambulance facility, jail site demolitions

The Adams County Board accepted a bid Tuesday night for construction of the new ambulance building at 29th and Chestnut. Lavadiere Construction of Macomb beat out three other companies with its low bid of $1.448 million.

Education

QPS teacher retention rate falls short of county, state average

Should a salary increase result from negotiations between Quincy Public Schools and the Quincy Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Personnel, a declining retention rate could potentially right itself, according to the union. Disparate benefits among districts are among the leading causes of faculty members seeking employment elsewhere.

Adams County Board to save money on grave excavation, food service in new jail
Quincy News

Adams County Board to save money on grave excavation, food service in new jail

The Adams County Board Jail Exploratory Committee accepted a proposal Monday night to move forward on the excavation of several possible graves on the Adams County Courthouse property where a new jail will be built.

SIMCO chief gets past hurdles to build grain operation on Mississippi
Illinois News

SIMCO chief gets past hurdles to build grain operation on Mississippi

Greg Dolbeare can look out his window and watch construction progress on his new grain elevator and barge loading business. SIMCO will be on 70 acres next to the Sny Levee on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, across from Louisiana, Mo.

Pike County All Wars Museum to host speakers during offseason
Illinois News

Pike County All Wars Museum to host speakers during offseason

The Pike County All Wars Museum will soon begin opening its doors to the public on a monthly basis to compensate for its closure during the winter months.

News

Look Ahead: Mississippi River splits optimism and concern for regional city officials

Now without a stopgap budget, Illinois has reverted to a particular state of uncertainty first felt in July 2015. The leaders of cities in the region hope they can hold everything together while anxiously awaiting a solution. On the other side of the river in Missouri, leaders are more optimistic.

Look Ahead: The District business owners hope to build on neighborhood relationships in 2017
Business

Look Ahead: The District business owners hope to build on neighborhood relationships in 2017

Business owners will rely heavily upon the relationships between neighbors to compound upon the success of the District in 2017. "Everybody is working towards the greater good," said Michael Mitchell, owner of Bittersweet Confections. "Everybody who has a business downtown, I think, is passionate about revitalizing the scene. We all want it to thrive, because that impacts our own business."