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Chris Minor is an award-winning journalist who does her best to tell it like it is.

Covering the Quad Cities for more than 20 years, Chris was named Best Reporter by the Illinois Associated Press two years in a row, and has been honored with both Illinois and Iowa AP, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

Chris is a native of Park Ridge, Illinois where her family still lives.

When she's not breaking stories, she likes to spend time with her two nieces and twin nephews, play trivia, read memoirs and biographies, and hang out with her schnoodle named Clooney.


Recent Articles
  • Prosecutor: Boyfriend ‘lost it’ over diaper rash crying, baby beaten to death

    A Rock Island man beat his girlfriend’s baby to death after being frustrated over his constant crying over a serious case of diaper rash. That’s what Rock Island County prosecutors say happened on day one of the first degree murder trial of 20-year old Lavail Dunbar. “Upset over a child screaming. He lost it, and battered Jeremiah Morrison, knowing that action would cause his death,” said Assistant States Attorney Jennifer Gardner during opening statements Wednesday, January 28, 2015. First responders […]

  • Steven Anthony of Moline wins Lottery

    Moline man wins a million dollar scratch-off game

    A Quad City man, who won a life-changing lottery jackpot, says he is just lucky to be alive.

  • QC developer is not giving up on Rock Island

    A local man who wants to develop retail and office space in Southwest Rock Island says he wants to move forward, despite complaints of some neighbors. “I want to start smaller, like a strip mall, and keep growing,” said Raju Penmatcha in an interview at his home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Penmatcha owns 60 acres off the Centennial Expressway, and another 190 acres off Route 67. He is a retired civil engineer who managed military construction for the Department […]

  • Family marks 10 year anniversary of Adrianne Reynolds murder

    It’s been ten years since the murder of Adrianne Reynolds, and family and friends will mark it with a vigil outside the school where she met her killers. “I think they planned on beating the hell out of her and it just got way out of hand. I just don’t believe they went there with murder on their mind”, said Tony Reynolds, Adrianne’s adoptive father. “They” are Sarah Kolb and Cory Gregory, the former classmates at Blackhawk Outreach Center in […]

  • Civil rights fight not over in the mind of some MLK Jr. Day observers

    A couple hundred people turned out for a tribute in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at the center bearing his name in Rock Island. “We have to continue to talk, continue to recognize what’s working and not working. If we don’t talk about race, if we ignore the positives and the negatives, we can’t grow,” said keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Whitt of Augustana College. Whitt says great strides have been made since the Civil Rights […]

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    Dozens apply as deadline nears for RI County administrator job

    The plan to hire a county administrator to run Rock Island County appears to be on track. “We’re in the final days of the application period. As of Monday, (January 15), we had 29 applicants for the post,” said Rich Morthland, a member of the non-partisan subcommittee enlisted to choose finalists for the post. The subcommittee was working with a consultant out of the Chicago area, and they planned to meet at the end of January to whittle down the […]

  • Steven Bonynge and Seth Degelman photos from Mercer County Jail

    Ex- Aledo police officers appear on sex abuse charges

    Prosecutors are pursuing charges against two former Aledo, Illinois police officers accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

  • Kewanee Mayor Bruce Tossell (WQAD Photo)

    Kewanee mayor speaks candidly about son’s arrest

    The mayor of Kewanee, Illinois is speaking candidly about the arrest of his adult son on attempted murder charges over the weekend.

  • Granite shopping a “stone” cold challenge in sub zero temps

    A Quad City company is home to hundreds of slabs of gorgeous granite and natural stone. It is also colder inside than out, a challenge for customers and workers in sub zero wind chills this week. “It’s always ten to 15 degrees colder in this place than it is outside. You are in a nice, stone-filled igloo”, joked Epic Stone Warehouse designer, Suzy Schindler. The wholesale distributor carries more than 160 varieties of granite, marble , and natural stone. It  […]

  • Quad City stalker sentenced to 30 years in prison in Chicago

    Derrick Baldwin was sentenced in Cook County after being convicted of sneaking into homes and photographing women while they slept.

  • Murder charge dropped moments before trial begins in Rock Island

    A rare move in a Rock Island courtroom gave a man, about to go on trial for first-degree murder, an 11th-hour reprieve.

  • Cost of providing interpreters continues to rise for area counties

    The cost of providing interpreters for defendants in criminal and civil cases who don’t speak English continues to rise in Rock Island County and around the country. Last year, it cost Rock Island County $40,000 to provide interpreters in court. “It is the responsibility of the court to provide interpreters for defendants who do not speak the English language. It is the county’s responsibility”, said Rock Island County States Attorney, John McGehee. A list compiled from 2014 shows interpreters were […]

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