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.
Providing outlets for children, as well as highlighting other services that will be offered to area residents, was the focus of area officials as the region sets to enter a new phase of the "Restore Illinois" reopening plan on Friday.
The History Museum on the Square in downtown Quincy could see some improvements in the near future as part of an appropriation in the state's budget.
The Memorial Day program at the Illinois Veterans Home isn't just considered a commemoration for the residents and staff at the home but for the whole community.
Sixty soldiers with the Illinois National Guard have been activated for state active duty to assist with the flood response efforts in four counties along the Illinois River, including Pike County.