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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Police & Courts

LaGrange man pleads not guilty to charges in toddler's death

The LaGrange man charged in the August death of a toddler has pleaded not guilty.

Fitness exam completed in Quincy arson case
Police & Courts

Fitness exam completed in Quincy arson case

A mental fitness examination has been completed for a Quincy woman facing multiple arson charges in several Quincy area fires.

Funds for pathologist sought to aid defense of man charged in infant's death
Police & Courts

Funds for pathologist sought to aid defense of man charged in infant's death

A motion has been filed seeking court funds to pay for a pathologist to assist with the defense of a Quincy man charged in the January death of an infant.

Quincy News

League forum audience asks to hike Quincy trash sticker fees

The consensus at public meetings regarding Quincy garbage and recycling collection continues to show that those who attend want to keep the city's trash sticker program, and they're willing to pay more for it, as well as recycling.

Police & Courts

Donated tool offers new way for city to capture animals

A goose tangled in fishing line in Kesler Park was the first animal to be caught with a new piece of equipment that Quincy's animal control officer has at his disposal.

Local truck driver to participate in Arlington wreath delivery
Quincy News

Local truck driver to participate in Arlington wreath delivery

J.D. Walker knows visiting Arlington National Cemetery can be an emotional experience. A Navy veteran Walker knows the sacrifices men and women have made for their country, as well as the families they leave at home.

Fire guts Quincy garage
Quincy News

Fire guts Quincy garage

A garage was destroyed in a Friday afternoon fire in Quincy. The Quincy Fire Department was called at 2:21 p.m. to 2233 Aldo Blvd. on a report of a garage fire.

Four graduate from Adams County Drug Court in 20th class
Police & Courts

Four graduate from Adams County Drug Court in 20th class

Theresa Hills remembers being offered the opportunity for probation on a possession of a controlled substance charge.

Illinois News

Ursa family safe after house fire

A family of four was able to escape a fire that caused extensive damage to their home Thursday morning in Ursa.

Firm trial date set for Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death
Police & Courts

Firm trial date set for Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death

A Jan. 14 trial date has been set for the Quincy man accused in the 2015 shooting death of a man on the city's northwest side.