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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    Quad City business owner says future growth is only in Iowa right now

    MOLINE, Illinois- Hungry Hobo has been serving sandwiches and loaded potatoes in the Illinois Quad Cities for more than 40 years, but right now, the future for the company lies in Iowa. “Our last three new store openings have been on the Iowa side of the river, and we’re only almost exclusively looking in Iowa because of the better business climate in the state,” said Hungry Hobo owner Pryce Boeye. The last thing his company needs, he says, is another […]

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    Iowa State grad pursues production of “Codex Silenda”

    A college project at Iowa State University is turning into a venture straight out of “Shark Tank” for one recent graduate. The “Codex Silenda” is a wooden book featuring five perplexing puzzles, the creation of 23-year-old Brady Whitney of Maquoketa, Iowa. “It actually means the ‘Book of Secrets’,” said Whitney, who graduated from ISU this year with a degree in Industrial Design. The “Codex Silenda” was born out of Whitney’s senior thesis project – a blend of engineering, woodwork, mystery, […]

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    Don’t pay to be a “secret shopper”

    Lou Twillman of Bettendorf¬† is in his 80’s , and he signed up on-line to be a part-time “mystery shopper”, to keep busy and earn a few extra bucks. He tried it many years ago in Denver, and said it was a fun experience, evaluating local retailers and reporting his findings. Typically, he received a small payment, and could keep the product he bought. Earlier this year, he signed up online, to try it again, and says it could have […]

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    Family says marijuana deal led to 15-year-old’s murder

    Family and a friend of Jescie Armstrong say the 15-year-old was shot and killed for his marijuana and the scale he used to weigh it. “It was a set up,” said Katelyn Jones, a friend of the teenager from Rock Island. “They set him up to rob him. Now you robbed and killed somebody over a plant? Come on.” “I’m very angry,” said Armstrong’s grandmother, Debbie Armstrong. “I just don’t understand how somebody could do this – how somebody could […]

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    Reynolds on Cory Gregory: “I want to beat his ass”

    Tony Reynolds says he’s not going to worry about Cory Gregory’s attempt to get out of prison sooner, and hopes a judge rules against the man who helped kill his daughter. “He’s just grasping at straws. What, he’s been locked up ten years, and he knows he’s going to be there a long time”, Reynolds said. In 2006, Gregory, then 17, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for his role in the murder and dismemberment of 15-year- old Adrienne […]

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    Governor shaking up Illinois lottery management

    CHICAGO, Illinois-The state of Illinois is looking for someone else to run the lottery. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today announced he’s dumping the current company in charge of the lottery and actively seeking a new private management partner. “It’s a very important step in increasing revenue to fund our schools and to fund our key government services. As you all I think are well aware, our Illinois Lottery has been very poorly run and has failed to meet expectations”, Rauner […]

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    Ex-policeman sentenced for raping intoxicated woman

    MUSCATINE, Iowa -A former Muscatine police officer convicted of rape has been sentenced to up to ten years in prison. Tom Tovar appeared in court in an orange jail jumpsuit, hand-cuffs and shackles. He turned away and tried to ignore the victim impact statement made by Shari Martin, the woman he sexually assaulted. “I went through a lot of mental issues after this happened. There were weeks when I wouldn’t even leave my house. I release you from any anger […]

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    Demolition done across from Rock Island County Justice Center

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-The Rock Island County Public Building Commission has spent close to $500,000 to buy and demolish several old buildings across from the Rock Island County Justice and Courthouse. “The funds come from bonds that were let or bought or sold at the time we did the initial Justice Center. We borrowed enough money to build the Justice Center and to have a “cushion” if you will to purchase the properties,” he said. “The Public Building Commission has for […]

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    RICO administrator: County’s “doomsday” budget is for real, unless sales tax hike passes

    Rock Island county taxpayers are invited to a series of town hall meetings to hear more about the county's money woes and plans to try and fix it.

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    Congressman says he’s asking Iowa City VA for answers in veteran’s suicide

    Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack says he is looking into the circumstances surrounding the suicide of a Davenport veteran whose family says he was denied treatment at the Iowa City VA, and killed himself hours later. “I want answers to my questions, the family wants answers”, said Rep. Loebsack in a phone interview with WQAD Wednesday, The lawmaker sent a letter postmarked July 12th to Iowa City VA Hospital director Judith Johnson-Mekota, saying he is “disturbed to receive reports that the […]

  • East Baton Rouge Fallen Officer Brad Garafola was one of three officers killed during a firefight in Baton rouge, Louisiana Sunday. Three other officer were injured during the same firefight.

    Quad City woman remembers shooting victim Deputy Brad Garafola as a ‘sweetie pie’

    Although Baton Rouge is 900 miles away, a¬† Quad City woman has known Deputy Brad Garafola since he was a young boy, and says she can’t believe someone who was loved so much could die because of hate. “Since grade school, our boys played football together,” said Sharon Wassenhove of East Moline, who lived in Baton Rouge for 30 years before moving back to the Quad Cities in 2000. “He cared about people, he didn’t care what color you were, […]

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    Mom says man who killed her daughter should not have been in US

    A Moline man who confessed to killing his girlfriend and burying her body will not be allowed to take back his guilty plea.