SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A settlement has been reached in the 2017 civil lawsuit filed by Curtis Lovelace and other Lovelace family members against several members of the Quincy Police Department, Adams County State’s Attorney Gary Farha, former Adams County Coroner James Keller, the city of Quincy and Adams County. Details of the settlement or financial […]
The recently retired Quincy Police Chief talks about his career in law enforcement and the issues in finding his successor.
Bob Gough talks to Rob Copley about closing out his law enforcement career and the 2022 Illinois Primary is fast approaching.
QUINCY — Two of the three groups that interviewed the three candidates for the chief of the Quincy Police Department did not list Jonathan Lewin as its top choice. Nonetheless, the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Monday selected Lewin, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, to replace Rob Copley, who is retiring […]
QUINCY — The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners selected Jonathan Lewin as its chief of police during a meeting Monday morning at City Hall. Lewin, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was selected ahead of Shannon Pilkington, deputy chief of operations with the Quincy Police Department, and Adam Yates, deputy chief of […]
QUINCY — Quincy Mayor Mike Troup would like to discuss with the city’s new police chief, who is scheduled to be selected during the first week of May, about changes he would like to see at the top of the Quincy Police Department’s organizational chart. Three finalists to replace Chief Rob Copley were selected after a two-month search by […]
QUINCY — Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said his department is “drowning” and needs to hire 10 more officers during a Monday meeting in City Council chambers as aldermen reviewed the city’s proposed 2022-23 budget. Chief Bernie Vahlkamp said the fire department is proposing a $12.9 million spending plan, a 5.48 percent increase over the […]
Dear MRN, Recently during our big snowstorm, two people told me about a “law” they had always heard about that says If you live in Quincy and shovel your walks, you can be held liable if a pedestrian slips and falls. Therefore, it’s better not to clean your sidewalks of snow. I found this a […]
Those funds, totaling a little more than $607,000, are part of a $9.5 million budget excess package that is also being used for a variety of city needs, ranging from infrastructure improvements to replacing four police cars to a City Hall renovation that could cost $3 million.
QUINCY — Rob Copley made it through his resignation letter without shedding a tear. “That was very hard,” he said. “I actually surprised myself that I read the letter as well as I did without choking up at all.” After 42 years with the Quincy Police Department, with 18 as the chief of police, Copley […]
QUINCY — The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has informed the Quincy City Council of its intention to reappoint Rob Copley as chief of the Quincy Police Department for a three-year term. Copley has been with the Police Department since 1980 and has been police chief since 2004. His last three-year reappointment was in […]
Dear MRN, Since you posted an article about the stoplight at 25th and Broadway, I have wondered if there still needs to be a school zone speed limit on northbound and southbound traffic on 24th Street. St Peter School is a block away. Madison School is no longer used as a school. Chaddock isn’t in […]
QUINCY — The three-man Fire and Police Commission met Wednesday afternoon in the Caucus Room at City Hall. They discussed training, interviews, hiring, and recruitment of firefighters and police officers during a nearly two-hour session. However, a promise made Monday by Quincy Mayor Mike Troup to attend the meeting and file a complaint against Police […]
QUINCY — Quincy Mayor Mike Troup outlined an eight-point plan Monday morning to be added to his proposed ordinance that would change how future police and fire chiefs would be hired. Troup met for approximately an hour with Steve Meckes, Kerry Anders and Barry Cheyne — members of the city’s Fire and Police Commission — […]
QUINCY — Quincy Mayor Mike Troup called Police Chief Rob Copley’s annual report to aldermen last month “misleading,” believes there’s a “lack of performance” in regard to Copley and doesn’t believe Fire Chief Bernie Vahlkamp was “the top candidate” when he was hired in July. Troup made those comments during a Fire and Police Commission […]
QUINCY — An amendment to the Code of Ordinances for the City of Quincy that would call for the mayor — instead of the three-person Board of Fire and Police Commissioners — to appoint and terminate the city’s police and fire chiefs raised a few eyebrows. The City Council chambers were filled for Tuesday night’s […]
QUINCY — Crime of all kinds decreased in Quincy during 2020, and the likely reason was the COVID-19 pandemic. An annual report provided by the Quincy Police Department shows violent crimes in Quincy — which cover murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault and battery — dropped 18.9 percent (from 243 in 2019 to […]
QUINCY — You won’t be taken away in handcuffs if you choose to defy Gov. JB Pritzker’s order to wear a mask indoors. A mask mandate inside buildings begins Monday across Illinois. Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said Friday education will the focus of his staff when complaints are lodged by the public about masks […]