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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
  • Iowa mom launches anti-depression coalition for kids and parents

    An Iowa mother is launching a new coalition to try and curb the number of kids who are killing themselves in the Quad Cities. Christine Schmidt of Pleasant Valley lost her 12-year-old daughter Morgan to suicide last year. The seventh grader had just recently been diagnosed with depression, when she took her own life while her family was at church. “We didn’t see the warning signs with Morgan and depression. There are so many who have suffered. Parents, friends, and […]

  • Federal lawsuit filed in cyberstalking case against ex-Sheriff

    A Moline woman is suing over the cyberstalking case involving ex-Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd. It’s the first time the woman’s been publicly identified. Court records filed in federal court show that Andrea Favela is suing the former Sheriff and Rock Island County for an unspecified amount of money. The suit claims Favela’s civil rights were violated when Boyd in his role as Sheriff started harassing and stalking her after meeting her at a local gym. At the time […]

  • Layoffs looming in Illinois courts

    The deadline is looming on layoffs for court reporters in the state of Illinois, and judges are holding a special meeting Friday to talk about the next step. “It’s a crisis. It’s a crisis to the system, it’s a crisis to our court reporters. They are family and they have families,” said Chief Judge Walter Braud, head of the 14th Judicial Circuit. Chief judges around the state are meeting Friday morning in Chicago to discuss the next step if a […]

  • Child killer gets 60 years after sentencing error

    A Quad City man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after his original term of life in prison was ruled unconstitutional by a higher court. Ryan Miller was convicted in the death of 17-month old Aliyah Andrews nearly nine years ago. The little girl had been beaten with a television antennae and thrown against a wall. He faced 20 years to 60 years at re-sentencing, and Judge Walter Braud gave him the max. Miller read a written statement directed […]

  • Parents sentenced in co-sleeping baby death case

    A Quad City couple will spend a little more than a month in jail for going to bed under the influence and accidentally smothering their 4-month old baby. Terri Wells and Anthony Schlieper were sentenced to 42 days in the county jail, and two  years probation. OVer the course of the two years, each will have to undergo mandatory drug and alcohol testing, substance abuse treatment, and parenting classes. Judge Mike Meersman said the two had failed as parents in […]

  • Family members interviewed in death of baby in Rock Island County

    The Rock Island County Sheriff says his agency is still investigating the suspicious death of a 4-month-old baby boy who had a fractured skull and broken ribs when he died.

  • Pot dispensary plans move from Rock Island to Milan

    Pot growers around the state of Illinois are racing to get up and running, with no clear start date yet for medical marijuana users.

  • Baby Darien Watkins

    Grandmother investigated after Moline baby suffered fractured skull, bite marks

    Police and the Department of Children and Family Services are looking into the suspicious death of a 4-month-old baby boy in Moline.

  • Ex-River Eagle attorney denies stealing

    A Quad City attorney denies he stole thousands of dollars in an East Moline development deal. Attorney Frank Coyle is named in a lawsuit filed by River Eagle Group, claiming Coyle “stole $273,000 by writing checks to himself” and transferring funds from River Eagle’s bank accounts in 2011 when he worked as the group’s lawyer. “There was a lot of money being spent and frequently there was no money in the bank, so I would write a check for something […]

  • Deadly heroin overdoses set record for Rock Island County

    Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson says there were a record-breaking number of deaths in the county due to heroin overdoses in 2014.

  • Missing Davenport woman is still a mystery

    Police say a sighting of a missing Davenport woman turned out to be false, and say they still don't know what has happened to Beth Hurst.

  • “Bus boss” says teachers and coaches should be trained to drive small buses

    The small school bus that crashed Thursday morning, February 26 on Interstate 80 is not required to have drivers obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL), and some say the rules need to be tightened. “It’s called an activity bus. An activity bus is basically painted any other color than school bus yellow,” said Evelyn Gay, Transportation Director for the East Moline School system. “Activity buses” are allowed to transport students in groups of 15 or less.  Unlike their yellow school […]


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