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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 daycare owner pleads guilty to smacking 16-month old

    An East Moline woman who ran an in-home daycare has plead guilty to striking a one- year- child who she says wouldn’t stop crying. Roxanne Coulsen entered guilty pleas to three misdemeanor charges on Friday. Under the terms of the deal, Coulson will serve no jail time unless she gets in trouble with the law again. The little girl, named Lyla, now two, was hit so hard her face was severely bruised. Initially, Coulson told the little girl’s mother and […]

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    Body cam buying spree for smaller Quad City communities

    Some Quad City area police departments are investing in body cameras, but it’s the smaller forces who are on the buying spree. “I am all for it,” said Bluegrass Police Chief John Jensen. Jensen says he believes the cameras will protect his officers and the town from frivolous lawsuits. “It’s a lot easier when you can take these and download it onto a disc and show it to an attorney or county attorney and look right at it and say […]

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    Patrolmen on duty used to working solo in squads

    Like Starsky and Hutch and Crockett and Tubbs, the days of partners on patrol for Quad City police appear to be a thing of the past. Manpower and budget constraints have lead to almost all one-person squads. “You can’t afford it, it’s a money thing”, said Bluegrass Police Chief John Jensen. Backup for units in the rural areas or on the outskirts of the county can be a challenge sometimes. Police agencies all cooperate to take calls, but sometimes, the […]

  • Attorneys search for new evidence to spare the life of Galesburg death row inmate

    Attorneys for a Galesburg native, set to die by lethal injection on Oklahoma's death row, are working to try and save his life, desperately looking for new evidence in the case.

  • Man who set up secret cameras in gym tanning booth pleads guilty

    A LeClaire man is pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges in connection with setting up secret cameras in a gym’s tanning booth. In exchange, prosecutors will drop more serious felony charges against him. Trent Hamer caught at least three people undressing on tape in the tanning booths at the Planet Fitness gym in Moline last year. Prosecutors in court said the first camera malfunctioned, so he put up a second one in a different booth. “He did actually place another camera […]

  • Police seek suspects in slaying of Sikh businessman from Annawan

    Authorities are still investigating the brutal slaying of an Illinois businessman and the motive behind the murder mystery. Satwinder Singh Bhola had his throat cut just after midnight on Monday outside of his apartment in Peoria. “He was on his way  home from work right outside his apartment building. He was attacked. From what we were told he was stabbed,” said his eldest daughter, Geena Kaur. Kaur says witnesses have told police they heard a scuffle and saw two assailants […]

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    Galesburg native on Death Row set to die September 16

    Galesburg native Richard Glossip is a dead man walking, and some say he deserves to die, but others believe he is an innocent man.

  • Pastors meet with Moline police over race relations

    Two Quad City pastors met with Moline patrol officer on Wednesday to talk about race relations and their program called “The Village of a Thousand Elders.” Pastor P.W Harris of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in East Moline and Pastor Melvin Grimes of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Moline say they are taking a two way street approach. “It works both ways. I  believe if we don’t fix this we’re going to have a national security issue while we’re busy fighting each […]

  • Union blasts hiring of ex-clerk’s daughter without job posting

    The head of the union that represents employees in the Rock Island County Circuit Clerk’s office says he and his members question the hiring of the former clerk’s daughter for a $51,000 a year job that was never posted. “My members are upset about it. People that are calling me are saying there’s internal people that would have loved to put in for it if the job was posted”, said Jeff Stulir, AFSCME President. Sara Bierman was hired this month […]

  • New Circuit Clerk defends hiring former clerk’s daughter for $51,000 a year job

    When longtime Rock Island County Circuit Clerk Lisa Bierman took early retirement in July, she appointed Tammy Weikert to replace her. Days later, Weikert hired Bierman’s daughter for an upper level management position in the office as a $51,000 a year systems manager. The position was never posted to allow other applicants to interview for the job. “It wasn’t posted. Our upper level management positions don’t have to be posted,” said Weikert. Weikert defends the hiring, saying she knows Sara […]

  • Former pro football player tackles prostate cancer awareness

    Booker Edgerson played to win in his 8 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, but his biggest victory has been in the fight against prostate cancer. “I’m a two time survivor.  I went through it twice, hopefully that’s it. But there is so many men out there, they’re in denial,” the 76-year old former football player said. Edgerson is now lobbying the NFL to promote his campaign for awareness of the disease, called “Cure the Blue” which urges men to get […]

  • Quad City NAACP calls for local police to wear body cameras

    The head of the Rock Island County NAACP is calling on local police chiefs to buy body cameras for their officers. Berlinda Tyler-Jamison is the President of the local chapter, and says she believes cameras are the answer to transparency in local police departments. “For the public, it certainly documents the encounters with the police officer. It also promotes public safety,” she said at a news conference in Rock Island on Thursday. “We are not anti-law enforcement. We are for […]


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