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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.


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    Reynolds on Cory Gregory: “I want to beat his ass”

    Tony Reynolds says he’s not going to worry about Cory Gregory’s attempt to get out of prison sooner, and hopes a judge rules against the man who helped kill his daughter. “He’s just grasping at straws. What, he’s been locked up ten years, and he knows he’s going to be there a long time”, Reynolds said. In 2006, Gregory, then 17, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for his role in the murder and dismemberment of 15-year- old Adrienne […]

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    Governor shaking up Illinois lottery management

    CHICAGO, Illinois-The state of Illinois is looking for someone else to run the lottery. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today announced he’s dumping the current company in charge of the lottery and actively seeking a new private management partner. “It’s a very important step in increasing revenue to fund our schools and to fund our key government services. As you all I think are well aware, our Illinois Lottery has been very poorly run and has failed to meet expectations”, Rauner […]

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    Ex-policeman sentenced for raping intoxicated woman

    MUSCATINE, Iowa -A former Muscatine police officer convicted of rape has been sentenced to up to ten years in prison. Tom Tovar appeared in court in an orange jail jumpsuit, hand-cuffs and shackles. He turned away and tried to ignore the victim impact statement made by Shari Martin, the woman he sexually assaulted. “I went through a lot of mental issues after this happened. There were weeks when I wouldn’t even leave my house. I release you from any anger […]

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    Demolition done across from Rock Island County Justice Center

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-The Rock Island County Public Building Commission has spent close to $500,000 to buy and demolish several old buildings across from the Rock Island County Justice and Courthouse. “The funds come from bonds that were let or bought or sold at the time we did the initial Justice Center. We borrowed enough money to build the Justice Center and to have a “cushion” if you will to purchase the properties,” he said. “The Public Building Commission has for […]

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    RICO administrator: County’s “doomsday” budget is for real, unless sales tax hike passes

    Rock Island county taxpayers are invited to a series of town hall meetings to hear more about the county's money woes and plans to try and fix it.

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    Congressman says he’s asking Iowa City VA for answers in veteran’s suicide

    Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack says he is looking into the circumstances surrounding the suicide of a Davenport veteran whose family says he was denied treatment at the Iowa City VA, and killed himself hours later. “I want answers to my questions, the family wants answers”, said Rep. Loebsack in a phone interview with WQAD Wednesday, The lawmaker sent a letter postmarked July 12th to Iowa City VA Hospital director Judith Johnson-Mekota, saying he is “disturbed to receive reports that the […]

  • East Baton Rouge Fallen Officer Brad Garafola was one of three officers killed during a firefight in Baton rouge, Louisiana Sunday. Three other officer were injured during the same firefight.

    Quad City woman remembers shooting victim Deputy Brad Garafola as a ‘sweetie pie’

    Although Baton Rouge is 900 miles away, a  Quad City woman has known Deputy Brad Garafola since he was a young boy, and says she can’t believe someone who was loved so much could die because of hate. “Since grade school, our boys played football together,” said Sharon Wassenhove of East Moline, who lived in Baton Rouge for 30 years before moving back to the Quad Cities in 2000. “He cared about people, he didn’t care what color you were, […]

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    Mom says man who killed her daughter should not have been in US

    A Moline man who confessed to killing his girlfriend and burying her body will not be allowed to take back his guilty plea.

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    Retired Rock Island beat cop on Black Lives Matter movement: ‘I think every life matters’

    A former Rock Island police officer says he is all for a calm dialogue in the wake of recent police shootings, but says he believes law enforcement is unfairly "under siege."

  • Retired Deputy John Mans spent more than 20 years on the beat

    Retired black deputy says shooting is the ‘last thing an officer wants to do”

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-John Mans has been called an “Uncle Tom” by  blacks and the N-word by whites that he’s pulled over during traffic stops during his 22-year police career. “After an accident, a white guy in the hospital said I’m not going to be operated on by a N-word doctor, and I’m sure as hell not going to talk to an N-word cop”, Mans recalled. For a black police officer, it is a balancing act, but Mans world is color […]

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    How black parents have the “talk” about being pulled over by police

    DAVENPORT, Iowa–Tracy White had the “talk” with her two sons when they turned 16, the talk about what to do when pulled over by police. She says it has been a rite of passage for black families for years. “With my sons driving, I had to have those conversations. Keep your hands where you can see them. Don’t make any sudden movements, always answer with respect,” said White. Now her sons are 21 and 30. And White is reiterating the […]

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    Lawmaker says tons of doctors denying medical marijuana, says new law will help

    MOLINE, Illinois- A key sponsor of medical marijuana in Illinois says “tons” of doctors in the state are not on board, but believes new legislation passed last week will open the doors for more patients being denied right now. “There are tons and tons of doctors who have left their patients high and dry because they would not recommend cannabis,” said State Rep. Lou Lang, of Skokie. “Many of them work for large hospital corporations where those corporations have created […]

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