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.
A fund designed to assist the community recover from economic hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic has received a jump start.
A June jury trial has been set for the Quincy man accused in the 2019 strangulation death of another Quincy man.
Many questions cropped up in connection with COVID-19. This week's questions focus on several local issues, with the Adams County Health Department and Quincy Public Schools helping with answers.
Why is Adams County not getting test results back that quickly?
Adams County Health Department Administrator Jerrod Welch said a majority of the tests are sent to a private lab that has an extreme backlog.
"Right now the labs are batching those, from what I understand, so they could dump positives or negatives to us at any time, Welch said. "We just have to sit and wait for them."
Some priority tests from health care providers can be tested quicker through the Illinois Department of Public Health labs.
"As soon as we get those results, we're going to get some internal notification, which we expect to take about an hour in time," Welch said.
Dorothy Tracy, co-founder of Dot Foods, has died, the Mount Sterling-based company announced.
A Quincy man accused of violating an order of protection for a Quincy teenager who drowned last October was sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after entering a guilty plea.
Donations of personal protection equipment are being sought to help support health care workers and first responders during the novel cornavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A former day care worker from faces up to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to multiple child pornography charges.