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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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Illinois News

New Adams County Jail expected to open early next year

Completion of the new Adams County Jail is delayed four to six weeks, but Sid Wilson isn't concerned about the delay as work continues to move forward.

What kind of flood damage did riverfront parks sustain in Quincy?
Answers

What kind of flood damage did riverfront parks sustain in Quincy?

After floods on the Mississippi River, Quincy Park District crews typically have to clean up debris, but major floods, which the region saw this spring, more work.

Quincy woman sentenced to seven years in arson case
Police & Courts

Quincy woman sentenced to seven years in arson case

A Quincy woman ws sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for starting two residential fires in 2016 and 2018.

Local Government

Park Board approved Klingner Trail construction bid

QUINCY -- Construction of another portion of the Bill Klingner Trail could start as early as this fall after the Quincy Park Board on Wednesday approved a contract for the work.

County Contractors submitted the low bid of $855,000 to extend the trail under the Fifth Street bridge and into Parker Heights Park and eventually connect with the park road, which is closed to vehicular traffic, around the Third Street overpass.

"They've made mention of breaking ground yet this year and do a lot of the preliminary dirt work and excavation, and then next spring start on the bridges and the hard surface trail," said Quincy Park District Executive Director Rome Frericks.

An addendum for work on the park road between the overpass and Bonansinga Drive was not included in the approved contract.

"The road is fine," he said. "It was just trying to take that crown out of the main road to make it more friendlier for park patrons."

The $150,000 addition could...

Police & Courts

Owner of Quincy based basketball program arrested on theft charge

QUINCY -- A former Quincy University standout and owner of a youth basketball training and select traveling team program who allegedly accepted payments for services but failed to honor agreements or issue refunds has been arrested on a charge of theft over $10,000.


Joel A. Box, 35, of Rockford, was arrested Wednesday and transported to Quincy where he is being held in the Adams County Jail on a $100,000 bond.


The Adams County Sheriff's Department said it and the Quincy Police Department were assisted by the Rockford Police Department in the arrest.


Several clients of Box's business Joel Box Evolution Basketball claim that he failed to hold workouts or start team activities despite parents paying hundreds of dollars.


One parent told The Herald-Whig that she lost $1,850 that she paid for workouts and a travel team for her daughter at the end of 2018, but that there were no workouts or practices.

Group proposes to bring back holiday displays in Moorman, Wavering parks
Local Government

Group proposes to bring back holiday displays in Moorman, Wavering parks

A drive-thru holiday lights display could return to Moorman and Wavering parks as soon as this year under a proposal introduced to the Quincy Park Board.

Quincy man facing two counts of child porn indicted on new charges
Police & Courts

Quincy man facing two counts of child porn indicted on new charges

A Quincy man facing child pornography charges has been indicted on several other charges, including one alleging that he encouraged his roommate to sexually abuse a child.

Brenner announces candidacy for circuit judge
Local Government

Brenner announces candidacy for circuit judge

Pointing to his years of practicing law, Quincy attorney Tad Brenner announced Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination for circuit judge in the 8th Judicial Circuit.

Answers

What is the status of the Bob Bangert Park redevelopment?

Flood waters this spring and summer made it difficult for much work to move forward in Bob bangert Park, but changes should be noticed in the next month.

Sturhahn Jewelers expanding store
Quincy News

Sturhahn Jewelers expanding store

QUINCY -- Sarah Stegeman knows it might be a little loud at Sturhahn Jewelers over the next couple months, but a little construction noise is worth it.


Sturhahn Jewelers kicked off a 1,500-square-foot expansion Wednesday at its 2801 Broadway store.


"It's going to allow us to expand showcase space so that we can bring in more of the collections our clients are asking for," Stegeman said. "It's also going to allow us to have a private one-on-one area for custom design, so someone can bring in their jewelry and we can remake it or we can make something brand new."


The expansion also provides more space for Sturhahn Jewelers to handle more in-house manufacturing with update equipment and house the only accredited gem laboratory in the region.