Erik Runge
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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
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    Police search for suspect in Willowbrook stabbing, sexual assault

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — Police in Willowbrook, Ill., are searching for the man who stabbed, beat and sexually assaulted a woman in her west suburban home Saturday night. The 26-year-old victim is in the intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital but she is able to provide detectives with information about the attack. Police tonight think they have at least an idea of what the man looks like who attacked the woman. The victim’s sister told WGN the man who attacked her […]

  • High levels of bacteria from sewage in the Chicago River

    CHICAGO – There are high levels of bacteria from human and wildlife waste along several spots of the Chicago River. The government agency that controls Chicago waterways says it’s still safe for kayakers and canoers, but swimmers should stay out. It’s currently working on ways to clean the river up. The bacteria levels increased due to the high amount of rain that Chicagoland has gotten this summer. When it rains, water drains into the storm sewers and comes into contact […]

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    Derrick Rose accused of drugging, gang raping ex-girlfriend: report

    CHICAGO — There are damning allegations Wednesday night against Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. According to the website TMZ,  a woman has filed a lawsuit against Rose, claiming he and two of his friends drugged and gang-raped her. TMZ reports the woman says she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013. On the night in question, in August of 2013, the unidentified woman says she was drugged at Rose’s home in Beverly Hills, and later attacked at her apartment. Rose’s attorney Lisa Cohen told TMZ […]

  • At least 5 hurt in Chatham multi-vehicle crash

    CHICAGO — At least five people were hurt Monday night in a nasty crash at 75th and King Drive. Fire department officials said the crash involved three or four vehicles. Five people were transported to local hospitals. Three were in critical condition while two were listed in serious condition. WGN’s Erik Runge has the details.

  • Wauconda clerk shoots would-be robber

    WAUCONDA, Ill. — Faced with a gun, a store clerk in the small northwest suburb of Wauconda, Ill., shot and killed a would-be robber Sunday night. Police are investigating but family of the 24-year-old store clerk say he was just defending himself. Police say the suspect walked into the store around 9 p.m. Sunday wearing a mask and a gun drawn. He then demanded money, but when the store clerk saw an opening, he reached for his own gun and shot […]

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    First class of Star scholars set to embark on college careers

    CHICAGO — The first class of Star scholars will begin their college careers Monday, and they will be doing it for free. The program launched last fall by the mayor’s office and City Colleges gives free tuition and books to students that meet certain educational benchmarks. For many the program means a college education they probably couldn’t afford to get. City Colleges worked with more than 150 companies and four-year institutions on setting the curriculums in an effort to make sure graduates […]

  • Several teens charged in brutal bike theft beating

    CHICAGO —  Five teenagers, some honor students, are now facing two felony charges after police say they brutally beat a man for his bike yesterday afternoon in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Police say 20-year-old Eric Batlle thought he was meeting up with the person who going to buy his bike. He was looking to sell his bike for $500.  One of the attackers answered his Facebook ad but when they met at the Shell Station parking lot near Damen […]

  • Mother, child remain incritical condition after being hit by truck on South Side

    CHICAGO —  A mother and her infant daughter are both in critical  condition tonight after being hit by a truck on Chicago’s South Side. Witness tell WGN that the baby and her 25-year-old mother have severe injuries to their legs but were conscious when emergency crews loaded them into ambulances. The accident occurred near 69th and Prairie. The driver of the truck stayed at the scene.  Police say he is cooperating with the investigation. Police say he was turning onto […]

  • Multiple reports of racist graffiti, damage appearing in Tinley Park

    TINLEY PARK, Ill — Racist and anti-semitic graffiti has appeared in many parts of south suburban Tinley Park this summer. Police are investigating more than half dozen cases, some include spray painted swastikas. A soon to be youth athletic center was recently hit. The old Tinley Park Fitness Center is undergoing reconstruction to re-launch as a gym for kids, teen and adults. But vandals have destroyed drinking fountains, mirrors and emptied at least a half dozen fire extinguishers. All told […]

  • Police seek man suspected of robbing women at gun point in South Loop

    CHICAGO – Police are searching for a suspect in a series of armed robberies in the South Loop that target women. Police say the suspect took two purses from women. The first incident occurred on Aug 8 around 8:30 p.m in the 0-100 block of E. Cullerton St. The second was just yesterday near 18th and Prairie around 8:30 a.m.. In both cases police say the suspect showed the victims a sliver handgun. Police say the man filled up his […]

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