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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Local Government

Quincy TIF district set for 12-year extension

One of downtown Quincy's tax increment financing districts is set to receive a 12-year extension after Illinois lawmakers approved legislation last month.

Quincy man pleads guilty in 2019 shooting death
Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads guilty in 2019 shooting death

A Quincy man faces between 20 and 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in connection with the December 2019 shooting death of another Quincy man.

Some Quincy businesses barricade buildings
Quincy News

Some Quincy businesses barricade buildings

Several Quincy businesses took steps Monday to barricade their buildings after closing to the public with measures including parking a delivery van and stacking wooden pallets in front entrances.

Small retailers welcome back customers
Business

Small retailers welcome back customers

Decals were spread on the floor of Domestics, Etc., 119 N. Sixth, as a reminder to customers to maintain social distance while shopping.

Business

Local jobless rates spike from COVID-19 fallout

Unemployment soared to 12% in Adams County and nearly 13% in Quincy staying below the Illinois unemployment rate but lagging behind Northeast Missouri counties as unemployment has soared nationwide as part of the fallout from the coronavirus.

Several resources available as region set to enter new phase of reopening plan
Health

Several resources available as region set to enter new phase of reopening plan

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.

Capital funds to support History Museum improvements
Quincy News

Capital funds to support History Museum improvements

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.

Adams County starts moving into new jail
Police & Courts

Adams County starts moving into new jail

No public tours are planned as initially hoped and a dedication isn't planned at this time, but the new $32 million Adams County Jail is gradually becoming operational.

Quincy News

Illinois Veterans Home adjusts to pay tribute for Memorial Day

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.

Illinois News

Illinois National Guard activated for flood response

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.