Staff Writer

Matt Hopf

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Matt Hopf has joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in 2010. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features, and also writes the popular "Answers" column. A Palos Heights native, Matt received a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, Matt interned with the GateHouse Media State Capital Bureau. He also interned at newspapers in Palos Heights and Tinley Park. In his free time, Matt roots for the Chicago White Sox and the Green Bay Packers, watches cooking shows religiously and plays trumpet in the Quincy Concert Band. Matt and his wife, Melissa, live in Quincy and have a daughter.

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Elections

Republican comptroller candidate says she would 'commit to Illinois'

The Republican candidate for Illinois comptroller would "commit to Illinois" if elected, saying Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza won't answer whether she will run for mayor of Chicago.

Local Government

Park District share of dock project is $4 million

The Quincy Park District would need to seek approval from voters to sell $4 million to cover its proposed share of an overhaul of Quincy's riverfront.

Local Government

Trail project adjusted to attract lower bids

Revisions to the design of the Bill Klingner Trail between 18th and 24th streets should produce lower bids.

Visitors hope Quincy Bay project will be approved before it's too late
Local Government

Visitors hope Quincy Bay project will be approved before it's too late

The Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association hosted an open house Tuesday on a proposed project to restore Quincy Bay.

Local Government

Open house to review Quincy Bay restoration project

A stigma in boating circles can keep boaters from bringing their boats to the Quincy area. It's something that Rob Ebbing, commodore of the Quincy Boat Club, hears regularly, and he hopes it changes.

Business

Recent Facebook hack unavoidable to users

A security breach reported last month by Facebook that affected 50 million user accounts might cause some concern with consumers.

New bids required for next portion of Klingner Trail expansion
Local Government

New bids required for next portion of Klingner Trail expansion

The Illinois Department of Transportation will require new bids for the next section of the Bill Klingner Trail. Quincy Park District officials had hoped some adjustments would be allowed for the project between 18th and 24th streets to avoid rebidding.

Quincy Police now using body cameras
Police & Courts

Quincy Police now using body cameras

Officers with the Quincy Police Department are now using body cameras. In a statement Thursday afternoon, the department said officers have started using the cameras, and that anyone having contact with a uniformed officer can assume he or she is being re

Local Government

Firms make pitch for dock proposal

Firms seeking to design a public boat dock presented concept plans to overhaul Quincy's riverfront for future generations.

Quincy man pleads not guilty in August shooting
Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads not guilty in August shooting

The Quincy man accused of shooting at police as he fled officers in a high-speed pursuit in August has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of attempted murder.