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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    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.

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    Retired Rock Island beat cop on Black Lives Matter movement: ‘I think every life matters’

    A former Rock Island police officer says he is all for a calm dialogue in the wake of recent police shootings, but says he believes law enforcement is unfairly "under siege."

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    Retired black deputy says shooting is the ‘last thing an officer wants to do”

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-John Mans has been called an “Uncle Tom” by  blacks and the N-word by whites that he’s pulled over during traffic stops during his 22-year police career. “After an accident, a white guy in the hospital said I’m not going to be operated on by a N-word doctor, and I’m sure as hell not going to talk to an N-word cop”, Mans recalled. For a black police officer, it is a balancing act, but Mans world is color […]

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    How black parents have the “talk” about being pulled over by police

    DAVENPORT, Iowa–Tracy White had the “talk” with her two sons when they turned 16, the talk about what to do when pulled over by police. She says it has been a rite of passage for black families for years. “With my sons driving, I had to have those conversations. Keep your hands where you can see them. Don’t make any sudden movements, always answer with respect,” said White. Now her sons are 21 and 30. And White is reiterating the […]

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    Lawmaker says tons of doctors denying medical marijuana, says new law will help

    MOLINE, Illinois- A key sponsor of medical marijuana in Illinois says “tons” of doctors in the state are not on board, but believes new legislation passed last week will open the doors for more patients being denied right now. “There are tons and tons of doctors who have left their patients high and dry because they would not recommend cannabis,” said State Rep. Lou Lang, of Skokie. “Many of them work for large hospital corporations where those corporations have created […]

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    Finding medical marijuana doctors for a fee frustrates Quad City ALS patient

    David Sands has ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and qualifies as a candidate for medical marijuana under the state of Illinois pilot program, but he can’t get a prescription from a Quad City doctor. “I’d just kind of like to know how you can get it”, said the 56-year old from Silvis, who right now, gets street pot and smokes it illegally to give his pain and his mind, a break. “It mellows me and stops me from thinking about […]

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    Accidents skyrocket on John Deere Road due to construction traffic

    The stretch at 38th Street and John Deere saw 29 accidents in 2015 when construction began.

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    THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Patriot Thief

    This is a story from the WQAD News 8 archives from May 2009 by reporter Chris Minor. BETTENDORF, Iowa – While Bob and Alexis Saskowski anxiously waited for their son’s safe return from the war in Iraq, they found comfort in decorating their trees with yellow ribbons, in support of the troops. But earlier this year… “The ribbons started to disappear,” said Bob.  “Every time it disappeared, I would hang a new one up.” It went on for eight months. […]

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    Quad City bakery closing after half a century of sweet treats

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-Leo’s Southpark Bakery in Rock Island is closing after 50 years in business, an end of an era for owner Leo Simmons and his customers. “January 13th, 1966. I opened up on Friday the 13th. It was lucky for me,” said Simmons, who said he is reluctantly retiring at the urging of his daughter. For Simmons it’s meant half-a-century of coming to work at one in the morning, and leaving at one in the afternoon. “Sometimes I never […]