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
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    Man wins fight against paying support for another man’s child

    A simple DNA test is not enough to exonerate a man if he is the husband.

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    Clerk with hammer thwarts sixth robbery in five years at local gas station

    A store clerk with a hammer thwarted an armed robbery at a Quad City convenience store, and was caught on tape. The store owner of America’s Gas on Brady Street in Davenport says he is upset his store has become a target, with six armed robberies in five years. “I’m upset, but what can I do?,” said owner Ranbir Thakeur. On Tuesday night, two men entered the store in hoodies. One of the men walked around the counter, swearing and […]

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    Moline military man calls 9-11 “the saddest day of my life”

    MOLINE, Illinois– Retired Brigadier General Brian Layer will mark September 11 this year, quietly, with family in Moline, reflecting on his colleagues at the Pentagon who didn’t make it out alive. “I think it’s important to remember because I can still hug my kids and they can hug me. A lot of people who went to work that morning, didn’t come home,” he said. The military man was in the Pentagon on Sept. 11 when the third plane hit. “We […]

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    Residents say state of Illinois work is flooding them out of their homes

    Some residents in Carbon Cliff say the state of Illinois has created flash flooding in their neighborhood and have waited two  years for some relief. “This year, it flooded six times, which is the worst so far. I am fed up. I am more fed up, every time it rains,” said John Coe, of Carbon Cliff. Residents say the increased flooding worsened after the Illinois Department of Transportation installed a bigger culvert upstream on Route 84. The new, larger culvert […]

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    Man with five DUI’s a no show for sentencing

    A new sentencing date was set for October 18.

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    Quad City paramedics using bullet proof vests for first time

    Ambulance crews in Rock Island will soon be equipped with bullet proof vests for the first time in the department’s history. “We’re seeing more and more stories of first responders being under attack. Even ambushed, sometimes, throughout the country. So, we thought it was important to get these on the ambulances, to keep our paramedics safe,”said Rock Island Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey. The department just bought six bullet proof vests similar to the type worn by police officers in the […]

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    Rare Teddy Roosevelt knife up for auction in Rock Island

    A rare knife owned by President Teddy Roosevelt is up for sale at an upcoming auction in the Quad Cities later this month. “We have the item valued from $150,000 to $300,000. It’s a piece of U.S history. It’s remained in the family all these years, 107 years, so something like this to come to public auction is few and far between,” said Laurence Thomson, a vice-president with Rock Island Auction Company . The knife was gifted to President Roosevelt […]

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    Quad City couple delivering supplies for pets in Baton Rouge floods

    A Quad City couple is headed to Baton Rouge to bring supplies for displaced pets, and is hoping to pack their vintage camper and pick-up to the brim. “We are both such animal lovers that we knew this was what we wanted to do. If we have to drive 984 miles, then, that’s what we’re going to do,” said Pam Fisher, of Milan. Fisher and her husband, Dan Applequist are leaving for Louisiana on Tuesday, September 6 to hand deliver […]

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    Governor says public should pressure lawmakers to “do the right thing”

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is pushing for the public to put pressure on their lawmakers to take on the redistricting issue when they return for the fall session. “This is what the people want,” Gov. Rauner said during an interview in East Moline on Monday. “It’s a tragedy for the people of Illinois. They deserve to have their voice heard and they should be allowed to vote on whether we have redistricting or not,” Rauner said. Last week, the Illinois […]

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    Boots on the Ground asking for community support after rash of shootings

    Boots on the Ground is challenging the community to use part of their holiday trying to come up with solutions to gun violence in the area. ”It’s gonna take sacrifice. My family is going to be with me at this meeting,” said Elder Daniel Teague. Boots on the Ground is a year-old coalition of Quad City ministers who are trying to rally the community to find ways to curb the violence. “We don’t have all the answers, but we’re sure […]

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    Mother of Rock Island shooting victim calls on community to ‘stop this violence’

    "We need to stop this violence."

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    EXCLUSIVE: Mother of young man shot to death says enough is enough

    The mother of a man shot to death in Rock Island is speaking out less than 24 hours after the tragedy, calling on clergy, ministers, and elected officials to stop the endless gun violence that killed her son. The mom identifies the victim as Demar Bester, 24, of Rock Island.  Police say Bester was gunned down in an alley in the 1200 block of 11th Street Tuesday night. His mom, school teacher  Othea Stevenson, says her son was visiting relatives […]