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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Health

Blessing says its prepared for increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations

A climb in COVID-19 hospitalizations at Blessing Hospital is concerning to officials, but they believe they are ready if more people require hospitalizations.

Family, friends honor longtime trail supporter with Ultimate Ride
Quincy News

Family, friends honor longtime trail supporter with Ultimate Ride

Family and friends honored him during the Terry Anastas Ultimate Ride to support the Friends of the Trails. The annual bike ride was renamed in honor of the Quincy attorney who died last month.

Quincy man pleads guilty in March shooting outside Liberty
Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads guilty in March shooting outside Liberty

A Quincy man faces between six and 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty this week in connection with a shooting earlier this year outside Liberty.

Health

Two additional COVID-19 cases reported at Veterans Home, first case at Senior Center

Two more residents at the Illinois Veterans Home tested positive for COVID-19. A positive test also was returned at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center.

Police & Courts

December trial set for LaGrange man charged in toddler's death

The trial of a LaGrange man charged in the 2018 death of a toddler has been set for later this year.

Quincy Park Board moves forward with proposal to sell Lenane Park
Local Government

Quincy Park Board moves forward with proposal to sell Lenane Park

The Quincy Park Board didn't need any discussion to start the process to sell Lenane Park on the city's northwest side. Commissioners voted 7-0 Wednesday night to approve a resolution to find the park was no longer needed.

Quincy man facing hate crime charges found unfit to stand trial
Police & Courts

Quincy man facing hate crime charges found unfit to stand trial

A Quincy man facing hate crime and aggravated battery charges was found unfit to stand trial.

Health

Veterans Home residents, staff tested after first COVID-19 case confirmed

A resident at the Illinois Veteran Home has tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter to residents, their families and staff at the facility dated Monday, Administrator Troy Culbertson confirmed the positive test.

Quincy News

United Way match donation seeks community support to jump-start annual campaign

A community match donation to the United Way of Adams County could be the spark for the organization as it prepares to launch its annual campaign.

Officials celebrate completed section of Klingner Trail
Quincy News

Officials celebrate completed section of Klingner Trail

A pandemic may have delayed celebrating the opening of a new portion of the Bill Klingner Trail earlier this year, but a thunderstorm did not.