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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Quincy News

LIFE STORIES: From cooking crack to cooking contests

Gerome Crayton, a former drug dealer, went from cooking crack cocaine and selling it on the streets to cooking comfort food and selling it through the catering service he started. "I got a second chance," he said. "With the right care and unconditional love, anybody can rebound."

Chicago suburb donates park equipment to Plainville
Illinois News

Chicago suburb donates park equipment to Plainville

PLAINVILLE, Ill. -- Playground equipment from Alsip will soon see a second life 285 miles away in Plainville, a testament to the power of social media. Plainville Mayor Chuck Epley wanted to upgrade the village's playground but knew the village of 264 didn

Quincy again named one of most artistic towns in U.S.
Quincy News

Quincy again named one of most artistic towns in U.S.

Quincy has been recognized by Expedia as one of America's most artistic towns for the second consecutive year - the only community to make the online travel site's list in back-to-back years.

Local counselor offers tips on combatting seasonal depression
Health

Local counselor offers tips on combatting seasonal depression

About 5 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from the winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder is a recognized psychiatric condition characterized by mood changes similar to depression that usually occur during the fall and winter months.

Quincy News

Adams County Board tables demolition bill on jail project

The Adams County Board voted Tuesday night to table a bill for demolition work required to build the new Adams County Jail. The bill from C. John Blickhan on behalf of Blick's Construction Co. requests additional payment of more than $100,000.

High-income earners to benefit from new tax law
Business

High-income earners to benefit from new tax law

High-income earners stand to benefit significantly from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, even with some new measures that will reduce the possibilities for deductions.

Quincy police chief seeking donations for Super Plunge
Quincy News

Quincy police chief seeking donations for Super Plunge

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley will soon plunge into the depths of Lake Michigan once an hour for 24 hours straight to support Special Olympics Illinois. This will mark the fourth time Copley has participated in the Super Plunge for Special Olympics.

Program allows high school students to complete associate's degree
Education

Program allows high school students to complete associate's degree

Enterprising high students now have the option to complete the schooling for their associate's degree before graduation with John Wood Community College's new Smart Start 2x2 online program.

Missouri News

LIFE STORIES: The life of an 'average country boy'

John Weilandich has been lucky to walk away with his life on more than one occasion. The St. Louis native-turned-rural Palmyra farmer was drafted into Vietnam shortly after he graduated from college. He spent a year in Vietnam and was wounded in the leg by shrapnel. Now 71, Weilandich's first check-up since his time in the Army was two years ago. His doctor heard a heart murmur, and an ultrasound revealed he needed surgery to have a heart valve replaced.

Jail Committee recommends rejecting demolition bill
Quincy News

Jail Committee recommends rejecting demolition bill

The Jail Exploratory Committee of the Adams County Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to recommend that the board reject a bill it recently received for demolition costs on the new jail facility.