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Erik Runge joined WGN-TV in November 2013 as a per diem reporter for WGN News.

Prior to working at WGN-TV, Runge spent three years as a general assignment reporter at Fox 9 Minneapolis, Minnesota. He spent several years in central Kansas where he covered the story of a serial killer named ‘BTK’, which stands for Bind Torture Kill. His work has been seen on NBC Nightly News and he has also reported live for MSNBC after Hurricane Ike crashed into Galveston, Texas. He most recently covered governmental shutdowns, a state house protest that lasted for weeks and several natural disasters including hurricanes, tornados, wild fires and blizzards.

An Iowa native, Runge earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa. Runge is a life-long Cubs and Bears fan and lives with his dog Cassie.

Recent Articles
  • Red light cameras provide few safety benefits: Tribune study

    City Hall’s long standing defense of red light cameras for safety’s sake is under attack from a first of its kind scientific study. Now, some are saying they could be doing more harm than good. The study commissioned by the Tribune finds the cameras don’t reduce accidents as much as advertised and actually increase some kinds of wrecks. Mayor Emanuel has quoted statistics saying the cameras reduced T-bone accidents by 47 percent. But the study found such broadside collisions that […]

  • Surveillance video captures thieves robbing cell phone store on NW Side

    A Northwest Side neighborhood is on alert because of a string of cell phone store burglaries. Police say the latest was at a small store at Pulaski and Montrose. Police are looking for three suspects who hit the store twice in four days over the past week. The burglaries were caught on tape. Surveillance video caught them using a crowbar to break in, and steal several phones ranging in price from $100 to $300. “They broke into one of the […]

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    Bears coach Marc Trestman ‘felt it was the right time’ for Jay Cutler benching

    Bears fans won’t have a chance to boo Jay Cutler in this weekend’s home finale against the Detroit Lions. That’s because he’s being benched. Bears coach Marc Trestman addressed the decision Thursday, saying he met Wednesday with the team’s quarterbacks and then with general manager Phil Emery, and implying that it was his call. “For the present moment, I think this is in the best interest of our football team,” Trestman said. Trestman said he “felt it was the right […]

  • Man, woman found dead in home on South Side

    Investigations continue after two people were found dead inside a home on Chicago’s South Side. Police say the found a man and a woman dead inside a home in the 7100 block of S. Ingleside in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. Neighbors say no gun shots were heard, but are still shocked by the discovery. Neighbors also say police recently made a visit to the home for a possible domestic dispute. No word yet on ages or names. Authorities are […]

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    New York cinema cancels ‘The Interview’ premiere after Sony hackers’ threat

    A theater has canceled the New York premiere of “The Interview” after a group that claimed it hacked Sony Pictures posted a threat against people who go to watch the movie. On Pastebin, a website that allows for anonymous posts, hackers claiming to be the “Guardians of Peace” said people who see the Sony movie would suffer a “bitter fate.” “The Interview” is a comedy about a plot to kill North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un. “We will clearly show it […]

  • Emanuel, Garcia square off in battle for minority voters

    Two of the three main candidates for mayor spent Sunday courting minority voters. Mayor Rahm Emanuel also picked up an endorsement from one-time rival Gery Chico. With polls showing the mayor’s popularity slipping in minority communities, Sunday’s efforts might’ve been the shot in the arm Emanuel’s campaign needed. Meanwhile, his challengers are campaigning on some unpopular decisions the mayor has made since being in office. Near Humboldt Park Emanuel’s challenger, Cook County board member Jesus “Chuy” Garcia held an event […]

  • FBI seeking help in search for ‘Play-Along Bandit’

    The FBI is asking for help to find a serial bank robber. He has been called the “Play-Along Bandit,” and authorities hope a $1,000 dollar reward will help lead to his capture. The FBI dubs him with the nickname because he tries to fit in with the other customers when first entering the bank, but when he gets to the counter, he demands money and implies he is carrying a weapon. The man has hit at least five South Side […]

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    Preckwinkle: End ‘Automatic Transfer Law’

    The Cook County Board president pushes to end a state law that requires most teenagers be prosecuted as adults if they are charged with murder and other certain crimes. The “Automatic Transfer Law” went into effect in 1982. Under it,  teens must be prosecuted as adults if they are charged with crimes such as first degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and armed robbery committed with a firearm. Board President Toni Preckwinkle believes the law is unfair. “This is a […]

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    Former Chicago cop gets life sentence for kidnap, murder plot

    A former Chicago police officer who plotted to torture and murder a successful businessman was sentenced today to life in prison. The judge said in her ruling Steven Mandell is a threat to the public. Mandell planned to murder Steven Campbell at a building equipped with an industrial sink, butcher table, and other equipment to cut up Campbell’s body and drain his blood. Mandell went on a rant before the sentencing denying he had any intention of carrying-out the grisly […]

  • Clerk pushes cooler onto suspect to thwart robbery

    Chicago police are searching for a suspect in the attempted armed robbery of a gas station in Wicker Park last Thursday. The clerk at the station, located at Division and Damen, shoved a cooler full of drinks at the suspect in order to frighten him away. Security video captured the entire incident. The video starts with the suspect, who was wearing a reflective construction-like vest walking into the store. He asks clerk Omar Benton for a tissue. Benton tells the […]


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