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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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    Quad City bakery closing after half a century of sweet treats

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-Leo’s Southpark Bakery in Rock Island is closing after 50 years in business, an end of an era for owner Leo Simmons and his customers. “January 13th, 1966. I opened up on Friday the 13th. It was lucky for me,” said Simmons, who said he is reluctantly retiring at the urging of his daughter. For Simmons it’s meant half-a-century of coming to work at one in the morning, and leaving at one in the afternoon. “Sometimes I never […]

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    John Deere Road construction shut down would prolong headaches and hazards

    MOLINE, Illinois-Construction on John Deere Road is already one year behind, and could come to a screeching halt come Friday. There is still 48 million dollars worth of work to be done, but if lawmakers in Springfield don’t come up with a plan in the budget standoff, work will stop on the project and 799 others in the state. “It’s an absolute shame”, said one driver in a traffic back-up Monday, lamenting about the lack of a bi-partisan solution to […]

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    Third trial for Illinois man charged with murdering 9-year-old girl set for 2017

    Stanley Liggins will have his third trial next year for rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl.

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    Iowa bar and restaurant owners lobby for liquor law changes

    Bar and restaurant owners in Iowa are lobbying for change in the current dram insurance laws, which they say are unfair.

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    First ever “medical marijuana expo” underway in Rock Island

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-Jeremy Collins of Carbon Cliff has cerebral palsey and scoliosis and is confined to a wheelchair. Pot gives him relief, but so far, none of his Quad City doctors will prescribe it for him. “My body hurts all the time. I have to rely on pot off the streets because I can’t get it medically prescribed because no doctors around here want to, they’re not on board with prescribing”, said Collins. Collins was at the first ever Quad […]

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    Father of woman charged with first degree murder kicked out of court

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-The father of a young woman charged with first degree murder was kicked out of a Rock Island County courtroom, after persistent outbursts at her hearing on Tuesday. Chelsea Raker waived her right to a preliminary hearing on the advice of her court appointed attorney. Her father, seated in the back row, kept yelling for her not to waive it. After a couple of earlier warnings, deputies escorted the man out of the building. Raker is accused of […]

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    Muscular dystrophy patient calls on Quad City docs to end ban on medical marijuana

    MILAN, Illinois-A Quad Cities man with muscular dystrophy says he has to buy pot on the street illegally because local doctors aren’t on board with prescribing legal medical marijuana. “”Being a 26 year old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy isn’t easy. I had spinal fusion surgery last November for my scoliosis. I was having excruciating pain all the time. Marijuana helped me get through everything”, said Conrad Nelson, of Moline. Nelson says he asked his pain management doctor in Rock Island […]

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    Quad City mom, activist says banning assault weapons should be ‘no-brainer’

    DAVENPORT, Iowa-A Quad city advocate for a ban on assault weapons says it may be time for another march on Washington to call for change in light of the deadliest shooting in U.S history. “People are going to have to get engaged. I think we do need a march on Washington. Moms, dads, people who care enough. We have to say no more”, said Cathy Bolkcom, an ordained minister and local activist. “Mass shootings are accomplished with assault weapons. They […]

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    Woman caught “porch pirating” packages on video is arrested

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – A woman caught on camera, pirating a package from a Bettendorf porch on Sunday, has been arrested; and police say social media put the pressure on her to return most of the stolen goods the next day. “After it was posted on Facebook, my understanding is close family members or friends were very upset with her, making comments like ‘you need to get those packages returned,’ said Keith Kimball, a detective with the Bettendorf Police Department. Marcia […]

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    Mom of man found in Mississippi River searching for answers

    A Davenport mother is looking for answers in the death of her son, whose body was pulled from the Mississippi River near Buffalo, Iowa.

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    Victim in police rape says other officers ‘had her back’

    A Davenport woman says the guilty verdict against a policeman for raping her in 2013 is a huge relief, after three years of waiting for justice.

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    Policeman testifies in own defense in sex assault trial

    MUSCATINE, Iowa-A former Muscatine police officer took the stand in his own defense today and told the jury he may be a cheater, but is not a rapist. Tom Tovar testified Wednesday afternoon. He is charged with sexual abuse in the third degree, accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman after driving her back to her hotel room shortly after her boyfriend had been arrested and taken to jail. Tovar told the jury the woman came onto him, and the two […]

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