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.

Bylines

Illinois News

LaHood slams Blagojevich commutation

Referring to Rod Blagojevich as the "epitomy of the swamp," U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood reiterated Wednesday that President Donald Trump erred in commuting the former Illinois governor's prison sentence.

Local lawmakers not pleased with tax hike push in budget address
Illinois News

Local lawmakers not pleased with tax hike push in budget address

References to the proposed graduated income tax that voters will consider in November in Gov. J.B. Pritzker's budget address didn't sit well with area legislators, as the governor laid out his spending plan for the next fiscal year.

Case continued for Quincy man charged in May death
Police & Courts

Case continued for Quincy man charged in May death

The case of the Quincy man charged in the 2019 strangulation death of another Quincy man has been continued.

Quincy man charged in December shooting death hires new attorney
Police & Courts

Quincy man charged in December shooting death hires new attorney

The Quincy man charged in the December 2019 death of another Quincy man has a new attorney. Court records show that Dennis Woodworth entered his appearance for Christopher T. Huckstep Tuesday.

Education

QPS hiring bus drivers

The shortage of bus drivers for Quincy Public Schools is as bad as Shane Barnes has ever seen in his 15 years with the district.

Reaction mixed for Blagojevich's commuted sentence
Illinois News

Reaction mixed for Blagojevich's commuted sentence

Reaction was mixed after President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday.

Local class to provide introduction to court reporting
Illinois News

Local class to provide introduction to court reporting

Looking to help close the gap in vacancies in court reporters in the region, a class is being planned to offer an introduction to the role of court reporters and stenotype machines.

Heart gala raises awareness while supporting patients
Health

Heart gala raises awareness while supporting patients

Red could was visible throughout the Oakley-Lindsay Center Saturday to serve as a visual reminder for heart health awareness.

Answers

Can you find a photo of the original Methodist Sunset Home?

Thanks to the staff at Sunset Home for helping out with this question. The drawing provided by Sunset features the original Methodist Sunset Home, as well as Charles and Augusta Pfeiffer who owned the home.

Man arrested in December standoff allowed to enter treatment program
Police & Courts

Man arrested in December standoff allowed to enter treatment program

The Quincy man arrested after a short standoff with police on Quincy's north side and then arrested again two days later in Hannibal, Mo., after escaping the Blessing Adult Psychiatric Unit, had his bond reduced in order to enter an in-patient mental health treatment program.