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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    Rock Island dog fighting suspects in court on drug charges

    Two men, arrested during an investigation into a dog fighting ring, appeared before a judge Tuesday on state drug charges.

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    Weekend walk puts spotlight on 22 veterans who die by suicide a day

    MILAN, Illinois – A Quad City man is hoping the community supports this weekend’s Veteran’s Awareness Walk 22. “22 means that 22 veterans daily commit suicide in the United States, that’s a fact”, said Rick Schomer. Schomer is holding the walk this Saturday, April 30th at 10 am in Milan. He is a former marine. “I’m one of those veterans, it was very stressful for me to transition out of the Marine Corps,” he said. Registration and donations can be […]

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    Illinois man who spent 22 years in prison for murders he didn’t commit starts life over

    An Illinois man, wrongly convicted for a double murder he didn't commit, says he thought about suicide while behind bars but he didn't want to hurt his loved ones.

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    Muscatine bluesman remembers jamming with Prince from the early days

    MUSCATINE, Iowa- A Quad Cities bluesman is remembering the early days with Prince on the Minneapolis music scene. Related: Prince dies at age 57  “He was a great guy. He was a genius. It’s a sad world today, losing that cat,” said Ernie Peniston of Muscatine. Peniston recalled jamming with a young Prince and Morris Day at a Minneapolis club on New Years Eve in 1980. He still has a tape of it, which he has never released. “He hung out with […]

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    Skull recovered in human remains found on Big Island

    Investigators are hoping testing will reveal the identify of human remains found on Big Island in Milan.

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    Parents say picking up tab for pepper spray medical bills unfair

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Davenport police say no criminal charges will be filed at this time in connection with a pepper spray incident at a local middle school, because they don’t know who did it. “Based on the inability to identify the student who released the pepper spray in the cafeteria, no criminal charges can be pursued at this time,” according to a news release dated April 15th from the police department. Related: Pepper spray sends students to hospital from Williams Intermediate […]

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    Trump supporter says no thanks to emails recruiting Cruz delegates in Illinois

    GALESBURG, Illinois – Fred Andrews is a lifelong Democrat, who has voted Republican, only once. “I just can’t vote for Hillary Clinton. No way, This is the first time I’ve ever went Republican. I voted for Trump.l I’m tired of the politicians, and kinda liked what he had to say”, Andrews, a retired police chief from Abingdon, Illinois said. Andrews was surprised to receive five recent emails from the Ted Cruz campaign, asking him to support electing Cruz delegates, or […]

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    Construction work to pave the way for new courthouse could start in June

    Demolition could start in the coming months to start clearing the way for a new Rock Island County Courthouse.

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    Police mark 24th anniversary of Baby April death

    Moline police are marking the 24th anniversary of the Baby April case, by appealing to the public to come forward with information on the still-unsolved case.

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    Alderman answers questions about drug bust at his house

    DAVENPORT, Iowa- Davenport alderman Bill Boom says he had no idea a young man living at his home was allegedly dealing crystal meth. Boom’s house on 7th Street was raided on Wednesday by Scott County Sheriff’s officers in the Special Operations Unit. Related:  Davenport police raided city alderman’s home during drug investigation Gage Wenthe, 25 was arrested and charged with felony drug possession with intent to deliver, felony conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. “I had no knowledge of what […]

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    Milan man charged with fifth DUI had a valid Illinois license

    A Milan man accused of driving drunk and hitting another vehicle head-on was legally able to get an Illinois drivers license, despite having four prior drunk driving convictions in Iowa.

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    Wild turkey gobbles up attention in the heart of downtown Rock Island

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois- A wild turkey is gobbling up all the attention in downtown Rock Island these days. People walking by did double takes as the turkey perched itself on top of a car outside the Quad City Coffee and Pancake House on Fourth Avenue, in the heart of downtown, squawking as they went by. “That’s absolutely wild, why was there a giant turkey on that guy’s car?” said one restaurant patron on her way to grab breakfast. While spectators […]


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