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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.