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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.


Recent Articles
  • Chairman Banaszek speaks about leaving office

    Rock Island County Board Chairman Phil Banaszek says he’s preparing to exit the office at the end of his term as chairman, and gets choked up thinking about it. “I’ve done the best job I personally can. I’m comfortable with it. I sleep well at night. It’s something when the time comes for me to leave, I won’t want to leave,” he said from his second floor office in the county building Thursday. “If the voters of Rock Island County […]

  • Banaszek attorney says ousting chairman not legal

    If Rock Island County board members vote to oust chairman Phil Banaszek, they can likely expect a lawsuit.

  • Harris says RICO needs to quit being “laughingstock” of area

    A prominent Quad City businessman says the sitting Rock Island County Board Chairman should go and to quit making the county the “laughingstock” of the area. Hunt Harris says Phil Banaszek is in over his head and unqualified to the lead the county. “I think Phil should go. There’s too many conflicts, he has too many black eyes. He’s come out of the correctional system and professes to have the skills necessary to run the county. I have run several […]

  • IDOT broke hiring rules for years, ex-Congressman Hare mentioned in report

    A new report says the Illinois Department of Transportation loaded its staff with more than 250 do-little patronage hires, including three tied to former Quad City Congressman Phil Hare.

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    Update on motorcycle accident involving QC dad and 7-year old son

    An East Moline dad and his 7-year old son remain in a Peoria hospital after a motorcycle accident Thursday night. Tim Hay, 51, and his son Nathan were airlifted to Peoria after the motorcycle skidded on wet pavement at a Silvis intersection. Police say neither were wearing helmets. Illinois and Iowa are one of only three states without any type of helmet law. For kids in Illinois, the only motorcycle law on the books is all about size and not […]

  • Woman says she shot her 6-year old with BB gun by accident

    A Davenport mother admits to shooting her six-year old son with a BB gun, but claims it was an accident. Police have charged Courtney Owens, 25, with child endangerment with injury.  A police affidavit states the young boy suffered a red swollen welt on his hip and was treated at the scene, and says Owens purposely shot him to teach him a lesson about playing with guns. She disputes that. “I was on the phone with my mom, messing around, […]

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    Former pro football player says Rock Island will always be home

    Booker Edgerson took a walk down memory lane, literally, when he returned to the Rock Island football field where he started his path toward a career in pro football.

  • QC man charged with trying to meet 13 year old boy for sex

    A Quad City man with ties to a local Boy Scout troop is under arrest, charged with trying to meet an underage boy online. Richard Harris, 58, of Davenport is being held in the Rock Island County jail on a federal charge of solicitation of a child. Local and federal agents armed with a search warrant raided his home Sunday, after arresting him in Rock Island earlier in the day. “They took two computers, and some flash drives. The second […]

  • McGehee asks Attorney General to look into county corruption allegations

    The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is being asked to take over an investigation into allegations of corruption in Rock Island County. States Attorney John McGehee said Tuesday that he will ask Lisa Madigan’s office to look into claims first raised in a whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year by a former county worker. “They have a Public Integrity unit with the State of Illinois so I’m going to be referring it to that bureau for particular review,” McGehee said. The […]

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    Mom charged with leaving baby in hot car in excess of 45 minutes

    A Davenport woman accused of leaving her baby in a hot car for up to 45 minutes has now been criminally charged. Breyana Harris, 20, is charged with two counts of endangering the life and health of a child, both misdemeanors. Prosecutors had at one point intended to file a felony charge, but ultimately went with misdemeanors. One of the charges reads that Harris left her six month old baby boy “unattended in a car for at least 45 minutes” […]

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    Local mom shares anguish after her 5-year-old died in a hot car

    After her son died inside a hot car over Memorial Day weekend, a local mom is speaking out in hopes of saving another child's life.

  • Pot charges dropped against parents in controversial medical marijuana case

    Drug charges against an elderly couple have been dropped in a controversial marijuana case in Scott County. Chuck and Dottie Mackenzie were charged with hosting a drug house after deputies raided their home in Eldridge last year and found pot plants inside. The couple’s son Ben and his wife Loretta were also charged in the raid and convicted at trial last week. “It was insane. We weren’t bothering anybody. We were letting Ben treat his cancer,” said Mrs. Mackenzie. Ben […]

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