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

Hancock County strategic plan unveiled at EDC annual meeting

Hancock County's new strategic plan was unveiled Thursday night during the annual meeting of the Hancock County Economic Development Corp.

Social services fair to be one-stop shop for those in need
Quincy News

Social services fair to be one-stop shop for those in need

Vatterott College and the Salvation Army are teaming up to offer a one-stop shop for people in need. Services provided at the first Adams County Community Connection social services fair will run the gamut from legal assistance to haircuts.

Illinois News

Hancock County supervisor of assessments dismissal upheld

The Hancock County Board held a hearing on the dismissal of the county's supervisor of assessments Tuesday night. Kelly Joiner was dismissed at a July 18 board meeting for allegedly committing official misconduct.

Illinois News

Pittsfield council wants to demolish former tavern

With the success of the sale of the site of the former Higbee School, the city of Pittsfield is looking to address some of the city's other older buildings.

Illinois News

North Adams Home Mini Fair will celebrate home's 40th anniversary

The North Adams Home's annual Mini Fair also will celebrate the home's 40th anniversary this year. The home will reach 40 years of operation on Oct. 7. The Mini Fair began two years later. The 38th annual Mini Fair will be Sunday, Sept. 24.

Pike County Clerk, Sheriff up for grabs in next election
Local Government

Pike County Clerk, Sheriff up for grabs in next election

Pike County Clerk Donnie Apps will not be seeking re-election next year. "It's a good time for somebody younger to come in," said Apps, 63. "I don't want to quit in the middle of a term, but I also don't want to quit at 68."

Adams Pointe honoring administrator's leukemia battle with bone marrow drive
Quincy News

Adams Pointe honoring administrator's leukemia battle with bone marrow drive

Adams Pointe Assisted Living is hosting a bone marrow donor drive in honor of an administrator who is battling leukemia.

LIFE STORIES: Chicago kid becomes Quincy school resource officer
Life Stories

LIFE STORIES: Chicago kid becomes Quincy school resource officer

An afternoon with Baldwin Intermediate School resource officer Bill Calkins is unpredictable, interesting and slightly chaotic. When there isn't a crisis, his pace slows and he greets students - they all know him as "Officer C" - as he makes his way through the halls in full uniform.

Business

Hoteliers pushing for Airbnb tax in Quincy

QUINCY -- Patrick Taylor's 6,000-square-feet Maine Street loft used to be one of the only Airbnb rentals in Quincy. Over the last year, the online room-booking site has seen an explosion of growth locally. Airbnb -- a portmanteau for Air bed and breakfast --

Quincy News

Inaugural suicide prevention gala raises $40K

A first-time gala to support suicide prevention recently raised almost $40,000 for the Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition. "Behind the Mask: A Night in Venice" was held Saturday, Sept. 9, and tickets sold out three weeks early.