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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
  • Cost of providing interpreters continues to rise for area counties

    The cost of providing interpreters for defendants in criminal and civil cases who don’t speak English continues to rise in Rock Island County and around the country. Last year, it cost Rock Island County $40,000 to provide interpreters in court. “It is the responsibility of the court to provide interpreters for defendants who do not speak the English language. It is the county’s responsibility”, said Rock Island County States Attorney, John McGehee. A list compiled from 2014 shows interpreters were […]

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    Longest living married couple in Minnesota getting lost photos back

    Long-lost photos of a Minnesota couple married for 77 years will soon be back in their hands after a stranger discovered the pictures inside a second-hand photo album at a Goodwill Store in Moline. The album was bought by a woman named Kathi Sweeney Hill¬† for her daughter for $1.88, but she soon found the old photos and was determined to find the owners. After a WQAD story was posted onto a Facebook page of a name found on the […]

  • New Years Eve will be first for new Quad City cab service

    Living in Rock Island now with his wife and six children, Michael Agok started a one man cab service called Take You There taxi.

  • barbeque ribs photo from Kansas City Conventiona and Visitors Association via MGN

    Ex-barbecue workers say they were smoked

    Former workers at a restaurant in Milan are calling the owner a grinch this Christmas after not getting their paychecks as promised. Smokin BarBQ in Milan abruptly closed right after Thanksgiving, and the small staff working there is still waiting for their checks from Brad Emmert. “He just told us one day, he didn’t have money for payroll. We never received our paycheck and that was Thanksgiving,” said Samantha Mullens of Sherrard, a former cook and waitress there. She is […]

  • Traffic camera ban bill likely up for consideration

    Muscatine Mayor DeWayne Hopkins wasn’t a fan of traffic cameras in his city, but the cameras have grown on him. There are five different cameras at various intersections on high traffic areas now. “The point is at those five intersections, accidents have been reduced 30 to 33 percent. What’s wrong with that?” he said. Hopkins says he would fight against any kind of ban of the traffic cameras. State Sen. Brad Zaun of Urbandale plans on introducing a bill to […]

  • Bluegrass community dealing with 166% increase in suicide

    Bluegrass Police say there’s no explanation for a rash of suicides in the Scott County community, but they are hoping the public leans on them for help. Over the past year, there’s been a 166 percent increase in suicides. “In 2012, we responded to 7 suicide investigations, in 2013, we responded to 8. And this year, we’re at 24. It’s scary, it’s sad,” said Officer Garrett Jahns. Jahns disclosed the dramatic jump on the Police Department’s Facebook page, and wrote […]

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    Goodwill shopper searching for owners of mystery family photos

    A Quad City woman is trying to unlock a mystery discovered at a Goodwill Store in Moline. After buying a used photo album for her daughter, she found pictures of an extended family at a wedding, a 65th wedding anniversary celebration, and a family reunion. “They look so happy. My wedding, my dad wasn’t able to be at my wedding, so I want for whoever it belongs to, to be with them,” said Kathi Sweeney Hill of Carbon Cliff. “I […]

  • Volunteer EMTs needed in parts of Scott County

    There’s a call tonight for help to shore up volunteer EMTs to cover some ambulance routes in the Quad Cities. Medic EMS out of Davenport is offering a three-month training class starting January 5, 2014. “Volunteerism is down and we’re looking to give people that opportunity and looking for people to give back to the community,” said Chuck Gipson, with Medic EMS. ¬†“We’re always looking for volunteers to increase and bulk up our staff.” The training class is $750 but […]

  • Taxpayers picking up most of the tab to defend whistleblower suit

    It's been close to a year since a whistleblower lawsuit was filed by three former workers at Partners in Job Training, and the case is not anywhere close to being resolved.

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    USO helps military families during the holidays

    Hundreds of families are helped by the USO office on Arsenal Island every year.

  • civil war statue in Rock Island (WQAD Photo)

    Crumbling Civil War statue moved until further notice

    An historic Quad City monument with ties to the Civil War was being moved to a county-owned storage facility until money can be raised to try and restore it.

  • Convicted child killer up for re-sentencing after court error

    Nine years after Ryan Miller was sentenced to life in prison for the death of a 17-month-old girl, a court error at his sentencing is giving him a chance at a break.


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