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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    New podcast will explore Stanley Liggins murder case

    A Quad City public radio station is exploring some new questions in an old murder case, in an upcoming five-part podcast called “Suspect Convictions.” The project takes a look at the 1990 murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis of Rock Island, and the man twice-convicted of her abduction, rape, and murder. Stanley Liggins is slated to go to trial in Scott County for the third time in February. “We’ve interviewed (former) prosecutor Bill Davis, (former) defense attorneys Gary McKenrick and Mike […]

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    A big move for local Missing Persons Network

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois- A local group that helps families with loved ones who are missing or lost has a new home. The Quad Cities Missing Persons Network received the keys to the old Colman Florist Building on 12th Street in Rock Island on Wednesday morning. “We’re so excited about this,” said founder Dennis Harker. “It’s going to be a gathering place, whether it’s families or volunteers, for training,” he said. It’s the first brick and mortar headquarters for the network […]

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    Rock Island Housing Authority cited in audit, asked to repay $600,000

    The Inspector General's Office is asking that the authority reimburse HUD a total of more than $600,000 in non-federal funds.

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    Injured ex-school security officer fired by district

    Former police officer Frank DeToye says he is trying to recover from two concussions which have left him with brain damage, after dealing with one too many out of control students at Smart Intermediate in Davenport. “There’s been lock downs, fights, some brutal fights you have to get in the middle of,” said DeToye, who used to train MMA fighters. He was hired last school year as a security officer at Smart, after years of being a policeman in Bettendorf, […]

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    QC Hispanic community wonders what Trump presidency will mean

    MOLINE, Illinois  – La Imperial Grocery Store in Moline’s Floriciente neighborhood is a hub for the area’s Hispanic residents, and some are quite worried about what President-elect Trump has in store for undocumented workers. “They are afraid, because they say they are thinking they’re going to send many people to Mexico,”said store owner Vicente Zepeda. “I tell them, I don’t think so,” he said. Zepeda is here legally and has been in the country since 1977. He says customers who […]

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    RICO sales tax for Sheriffs Department defeated

    A proposal to raise the sales tax in Rock Island County to benefit the Sheriff’s Department has been defeated. The hike would have added an estimated 6 million dollars to the department’s budget to help pay for squad cars, radios, body cameras, and repairs to the aging jail. The county board has called a special meeting for Thursday to talk about the next step, which could include raising property taxes. “This may be the only tool in the toolbox,” said […]

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    87-year-old cut by Cubs says World Series is “thrill” of a lifetime

    An 87-year- old former major league pitcher says he is thrilled for the Cubs, a team that cut him from its roster more than 60 years ago. “I pitched a third of an inning, and they released me. But I’m still a fan. They released me, and I was brokenhearted. Than, I signed with the Washington Senators,” said Dean Stone. Stone watched the Cubs victory parade in Hope Creek Nursing Home in East Moline, wearing a Cubs shirt and a […]

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    Investigation continues into 1,500 absentee ballot applications piled up in P.O. Box

    Investigators are looking into a stash of applications for absentee ballots that were discovered in a local post office box last week. More than 1,500 requests for absentee ballots mailed to a post office box were piling up at the Rock Island Post Office on 11th Street, and had not been forwarded to the Circuit Clerk’s office for processing. “There actually were 1,511 applications for absentee ballots just sitting in the box. Nobody had claimed them and initially when we […]

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    Former police officer launches foundation after suicide of fellow Marine

    A former Moline police officer is launching a new foundation to help veterans with PTSD, in honor of the fellow Marine and friend who killed himself in July. “We cannot just let this happen and let his memory, his honor just go away. Even if it saves one life, then we did something good,” said Adam Hass, co-founder of Road Warriors Foundation. The foundation was inspired by the death of Sgt. Brandon Ketchum, a two-tour of duty Marine suffering from […]

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    Quad City victims of vandalism say police have some leads

    A Quad City couple met with police investigators Wednesday about the extensive vandalism of their Port Byron home earlier this month. “Right now, they’re still investigating. They have some leads,” said Tony Cruz, who spoke with WQAD for the first time since the incident. The family’s home was ransacked, their couch stabbed and ripped, all of their televisions smashed, their walls busted, and gasoline or lighter fluid doused all over, including on their 8-month old baby girl’s crib. “The only […]

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    Hispanic newspaper publisher calling on police to get to the bottom of threatening letter

    Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos is not commenting on the case.

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    Quad City family says they are victim of hate crime, veteran served in 8 tours of duty

    A Quad City family says it is being forced out of their neighborhood, after their home was robbed and vandalized with gasoline or lighter fuel, with a threat their ‘house would burn” next time. Jenny and Tony Cruz and their three daughters moved to a rental trailer home just three months ago in Falcon Farms Trailer Park in Port Byron. Their home was broken into on October 13th, and again on October 17th. “They came in, ripped the screen and […]