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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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    Policeman testifies in own defense in sex assault trial

    MUSCATINE, Iowa-A former Muscatine police officer took the stand in his own defense today and told the jury he may be a cheater, but is not a rapist. Tom Tovar testified Wednesday afternoon. He is charged with sexual abuse in the third degree, accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman after driving her back to her hotel room shortly after her boyfriend had been arrested and taken to jail. Tovar told the jury the woman came onto him, and the two […]

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    Trial of former Muscatine police officer accused of sexual assault is underway

    Tovar is accused of escorting the woman back to her hotel in his squad car after her boyfriend's arrest for OWI, and raping her.

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    Detective accused of stealing money from dead man pleads not guilty

    MORRISON, Illinois -A Rock Falls police detective accused of stealing money from a dead man pleaded not guilty in Whiteside County court on Monday. Police Sgt. Veronica Jamarillo is accused of taking more than $1,700 from a man who died of a heroin overdose. She was the detective on the case. Rodney DePotter had the cash with him when he died, part of a small inheritance from his grandfather. His mom, Penny DePotter says she begged the police officer for […]

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    Event hopes to ‘dress their lives up, before they mess their lives up’

    DAVENPORT, Iowa-A Quad City woman is launching a campaign to pair at risk youth with mentors in the black community. It starts with the first ever “Well Suited” Tuxedo event next Sunday, June 12th in Rock Island. “The phrase is dress their lives up before they mess their lives up. For a lot of boys who don’t have fathers in the home this will be their first opportunity to dress up. And be celebrated”, said Tracy White. White has enlisted […]

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    Mom wants more safety netting at Modern Woodmen Park after son gets line drive in the face

    DAVENPORT, Iowa- The mother of a boy hit in the face with a line drive at a Quad City River Bandit’s baseball game says she hopes team management extends safety netting at the park. “It’s been brought to my attention, that they do have the netting. So, I would just like to see it put up to prevent the same thing from happening”, aid Ashley Scheckel. Taijon Scheckel was on a field trip at Modern Woodmen ballpark on May 17th, […]

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    Moline lawmaker says House budget plan was “laughable”

    MOLINE, Illinois-Republican State Sen. Neil Anderson says it’s frustrating , but the no vote he cast on Wednesday’s budget bill was the only right thing to do. “Sending us a budget, with no reforms. That spends 7 billion dollars more than we take in? It’s laughable”, said the Moline lawmaker. Anderson, who is also a Moline fireman, returned home from Springfield after a long night in session that lead nowhere, and he says, it’s frustrating. “Nothing accomplished but political gamesmanship. […]

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    Bettendorf man charged with selling, supplying fake pot labeled as “potpourri”

    A Bettendorf man will be arraigned in federal court in Chicago next week, accused of making fake pot laced with chemicals from China that lead to a teen's death.

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    Quad City man using Facebook to try and track truck, tool thieves

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – A Quad City man is asking for help on Facebook to try and track thieves who stole his truck and work tools, thieves who were so determined they switched out the vehicle’s dead battery to make their getaway. “They broke in, hot-wired it, put in a new battery, and threw in some fuel,” said Scott Randolph, of Rock Island. His truck, a re-purposed Fed Ex truck which had been painted white, was filled with tools and […]

  • Mom says son's money stolen by cop (WQAD photo)

    Mom says ‘dirty’ cop stole dead son’s money after heroin overdose

    A Rock Falls police detective accused of theft and misconduct allegedly took more than $1,700 found on a man who overdosed on heroin in a case she was investigating.

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    Couple charged with starving 7-year old out of jail

    ELDRIDGE, Iowa – An Eldridge, Iowa mom accused of starving her son has bonded out of jail, and the boy’s biological father says the child belongs with him. Valarie Clark, 29, and Jacob Brasmer, 24, are both charged with felony child endangerment.  Brasmer is Clark’s boyfriend. The two are accused of failing to properly feed and provide medical care for the now 7-year old boy for the past three years. A Scott County judge adjusted their previous $25,000 cash bond […]

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    Quad City lawmaker playing video games during education funding debate

    The head of the Rock Island County Republican Party is speaking out about a video showing a Democratic lawmaker playing video games during a major debate on higher education.

  • Highland Park Bowl in Moline (WQAD photo)

    Moline’s Highland Park Bowl, Fargo Lounge shuttered

    Generations have bowled and partied at Highland Park Bowl in Moline, but the sign on the door now says closed.

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