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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
  • Testimony opens in deadly drunk driving case

    The trial of a Quad City man accused of killing two people in a drunk driving accident is underway. Kai Miller is charged with homicide by vehicle in the deaths of Andy Adams and Danny DeBacker. He’s accused of smashing his vehicle into another car on Brady Street last September, driving drunk and going about 70 mph in a 35 mph zone, after a night of drinking in downtown Davenport. “I had no idea what was going on, the next […]

  • Legal fees for taxpayers mount in Sherrard service dog dispute

    A local school district is headed to court again over a dispute involving a nine year old student and her service dog. Colin and Brandi McGuire sued over concerns the way the Sherrard School District was treating their epileptic daughter Kelsey McGuire and her service dog Jasper, under the Individuals with Disabilities Act. The district lost the case in December after a State Board of Education hearing officer ruled in favor of the little girl and her parents, ruling the […]

  • Conner Speer photo from Scott County Jail

    Prison term for teen involved in deadly crash on Brady Street

    A Rock Island teen is headed to prison for up to 20 years for a deadly accident that killed a North Scott High School student. Conner Speer was sentenced Thursday afternoon, April 9, 2015 in Davenport for the crash that killed Marissa Ertz of Eldridge. It happened in November on Brady Street in Davenport. Ertz was a passenger in Speer’s car, when he ran a red light and hit a semi truck. He was high on pot and alprazolam at […]

  • Firearms trainer says there “is no shoot to wound”

    Longtime police officer and firearms training instructor Mark Schumacher says the community needs to let the investigation into a police-involved shooting play out.

  • Big Island resident: City officials a bunch of “bullies”

    James Webb is fighting City Hall and so far, he’s winning. “This administration, they’re a bunch of bullies,” said Webb, from his home on Big Island in Milan. “They can’t bother me. I’m 86 years old. What are they gonna do? I don’t care. This is wrong,” he said. Webb and five other neighbors sued to block the city of Rock Island’s attempt to move a section of a nearby levee and assess them a fee, in the name of […]

  • Mayor says city will appeal Big Island decision, legal fees climbing

    The city of Rock Island says it will appeal a losing decision in its controversial fight to develop the Jumer’s Crossing project on Big Island. “We will appeal it again. Yes, it’s too valuable a project. It’s going to bring in 2.4 million dollars in sales tax, and jobs,” said Mayor Dennis Pauley. On Monday, Judge Lori Lefstein threw out a motion¬† to reconsider her initial dismissal of Rock Island’s attempt to move forward with the project. The attorney representing […]

  • End of the line for Milan Indian Summerfest

    Organizers of the Milan Indian Summerfest tell WQAD the party is over after this year.

  • Iowa mom launches anti-depression coalition for kids and parents

    An Iowa mother is launching a new coalition to try and curb the number of kids who are killing themselves in the Quad Cities. Christine Schmidt of Pleasant Valley lost her 12-year-old daughter Morgan to suicide last year. The seventh grader had just recently been diagnosed with depression, when she took her own life while her family was at church. “We didn’t see the warning signs with Morgan and depression. There are so many who have suffered. Parents, friends, and […]

  • Federal lawsuit filed in cyberstalking case against ex-Sheriff

    A Moline woman is suing over the cyberstalking case involving ex-Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd. It’s the first time the woman’s been publicly identified. Court records filed in federal court show that Andrea Favela is suing the former Sheriff and Rock Island County for an unspecified amount of money. The suit claims Favela’s civil rights were violated when Boyd in his role as Sheriff started harassing and stalking her after meeting her at a local gym. At the time […]

  • Layoffs looming in Illinois courts

    The deadline is looming on layoffs for court reporters in the state of Illinois, and judges are holding a special meeting Friday to talk about the next step. “It’s a crisis. It’s a crisis to the system, it’s a crisis to our court reporters. They are family and they have families,” said Chief Judge Walter Braud, head of the 14th Judicial Circuit. Chief judges around the state are meeting Friday morning in Chicago to discuss the next step if a […]

  • Child killer gets 60 years after sentencing error

    A Quad City man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after his original term of life in prison was ruled unconstitutional by a higher court. Ryan Miller was convicted in the death of 17-month old Aliyah Andrews nearly nine years ago. The little girl had been beaten with a television antennae and thrown against a wall. He faced 20 years to 60 years at re-sentencing, and Judge Walter Braud gave him the max. Miller read a written statement directed […]

  • Parents sentenced in co-sleeping baby death case

    A Quad City couple will spend a little more than a month in jail for going to bed under the influence and accidentally smothering their 4-month old baby. Terri Wells and Anthony Schlieper were sentenced to 42 days in the county jail, and two¬† years probation. OVer the course of the two years, each will have to undergo mandatory drug and alcohol testing, substance abuse treatment, and parenting classes. Judge Mike Meersman said the two had failed as parents in […]


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