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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
  • New allegations in Rock Island County whistleblower lawsuit

    Attorneys for a fired Rock Island County worker are raising questions about what they call falsified legal documents sent to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund by two elected officials. The allegations are in connection with a whistle blower lawsuit filed in May by former Human Resource director Meg Hoskins. The motion alleges that County Board Chairman Phil Banaszek and County Clerk Karen Kinney signed off on making Banaszek the IMRF agent for the county, telling the state the county board […]

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    Doctor: Retired Moline teacher “impotent” and not able to rape

    The trial of a retired Moline shop teacher accused of raping a student at Wilson Middle School is expected to go to the jury Thursday. Henry Pawlus is accused of sexually assaulting an 8th grade student in a closet at Wilson in 2010 while she was working on an after school project. The alleged victim took the stand Monday in Rock Island. Pawlus’ defense was derailed on Thursday after Judge Mike Meersman ruled a doctor could not testify about the […]

  • Maria Romero photo from Rock Island County Jail

    Investigator: Accused hit-and-run driver “knew she had hit a person”

    Investigators said a hit-and-run driver confessed to accidentally striking and killing a teenager on Interstate 88, but said she was in a "panic" at the time.

  • Bustos sworn in as Sheriff, new text message revealed

    There’s a new sheriff in Rock Island County, one day after the now former top cop resigned amid scandal. Capt. Gerry Bustos was sworn in Friday afternoon to replace ex-Sheriff Jeff Boyd. “This day comes with a heavy heart,” Bustos said after the swearing-in ceremony.  “Today is not so much a celebration for me,” he said. “While he (Boyd) was the leader of our office, what happened with Sheriff Boyd’s resignation yesterday is not and should not be a reflection […]

  • Sheriff pleads guilty to charge based on cyber-stalking

    The same day he confirmed being under state investigation, Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd pleaded guilty to attempted misconduct based on attempted cyber-stalking, and resigned.

  • Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd (WQAD Photo)

    Facing state investigation, RICO sheriff expected to make announcement about his future

    Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd was expected to make an announcement soon on the future of his term in office, amid an investigation underway by the Illinois Attorney General's office.

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    Prosecutors rest case against QC doctor accused of molesting patients

    The defense began presenting its side after the prosecution rested its case against a Quad City doctor accused of molesting female patients at a Moline clinic.

  • Two more female patients testify against Quad City doctor in sex assault case

    Two more female patients took the witness stand in the trial of Dr. Norman Williams, testifying that they were molested during medical examinations.

  • Local doctor goes on trial to face charges of molesting patients

    The trial for a Quad City doctor, accused of sexually assaulting patients during exams at a Moline clinic, has begun.

  • Virtual legal clinic for domestic violence survivors launched in QCA

    Survivors of domestic violence will have another place to turn for limited legal advice in the Quad Cities and it’s only a computer away. It’s called a Virtual Legal Clinic, a volunteer network of attorneys available by Skype to give basic legal options to women in crisis. “What are my rights, what are my children’s rights, after all they’ve been told is, you have no legal rights”, said Vickie Smith, with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The cost is […]

  • Maria Romero photo from Rock Island County Jail

    Hit and run defendant could be deported

    A Rockford woman accused in a deadly hit and run is not a U.S. citizen and could be deported if she is convicted in the case. Maria Romero, 41, made her first court appearance in Rock Island County on Thursday, September 4, 2014 one day after being arrested. Emilio Perez, 17, of suburban Chicago was struck and killed in March while walking along a stretch of Interstate 88. Police say he had run out of gas. At an earlier news […]

  • Victim’s dad: “My son is in the grave, and he is out having a good time”

    A Scott County driver banned from drinking as part of his probation appears to be caught on social media partying in a bar. And the family of the man he killed says, enough is enough. Cody Lantau, 21, pleaded guilty in 2012 to homicide by vehicle. Lantau struck and killed his friend, 17-year-old Will Schwener, at an outdoor party after a night of drinking and smoking synthetic marijuana. Lantau was sentenced to 5 years of probation and he was barred […]


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