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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
  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

  • 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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