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
  • Death of son on found in Southwest Side home ruled homicide

    CHICAGO –What started off as a house fire has turned into a murder investigation and Chicago police are looking for suspects. Police believe someone broke into a Southwest Side home and murdered a mother and her adult son before starting the home on fire. Firefighters were called to the home 55th Place and Lawndale Thursday around 3 p.m..  When they arrived they found the fire and police say they also discovered 22-year-old Carlos Herrera with multiple stab wounds and his […]

  • Chicago rapper shot and killed

    CHICAGO — A young rapper was killed one week after posting a video on-line in which he makes fun of a rival gang. 20-year-old Shaquon Thomas went by the name “Young Pappy. He was gunned down on in the 4800 block of North Kenmore in the city’s Uptown neighborhood early Friday morning. Police say he was shot twice in the back. Thomas was with a friend when a gunman walked up and started shooting. Thomas  died a short time later […]

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    No arraignment date announced yet for Hastert on corruption charges

    CHICAGO — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is waiting to hear when he will be arraigned on federal bank-related charges. The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago announced Thursday the 73-year-old Illinois Republican is accused of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He’s also accused of lying to the FBI. Each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a […]

  • Men dressed as women steal thousands dollars worth of merchandise from store

    CHICAGO — Three men, two dressed as women, stole thousands of dollars’ worth of hand bags from a high end Lincoln Park consignment shop and police are searching for suspects. Just before 4 p.m. this afternoon, a man dressed as a woman got buzzed into the E Dropp Off store in the 2100 block of North Halsted. The sales associate who let the person in says as soon as the suspectwalked up to the desk she knew something wasn’t right The […]

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    Series of robberies near University of Chicago prompt warning

    CHICAGO — University of Chicago officials have issued an alert after a series of robberies were committed near campus. The first involved a student who was walking off campus near Harper Ave near 57th St around 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. Two suspects approached the student, implied they had a weapon then took the student’s cell phone. Two days later, a university staff member was walking in the same area at the same time and was followed into an […]

  • 5-year-old girl killed by hit-and-run driver

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for the driver responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a 5-year-old girl on the Southwest Side. Maria Gonzalez was struck and killed at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, near her home in the 5900 block of South Mozart Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Police have released a picture of the actual car that was involved in the crash. They are looking for a dark colored sedan with a sunroof and spoiler. It may also have […]

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    First phase of Chicago Riverwalk extension opening

    CHICAGO — The first two blocks of the Chicago Riverwalk’s $100 million extension are set to open Saturday. The western expansion of the Riverwalk from State to Clark streets, as well as a one-block addition to LaSalle Street will open in early June. When completed in late 2016, the final design will feature a 11/4-mile jogging, pedestrian and bicycle trail from Lake Michigan to around the Lake Street Bridge. Each of the six blocks will have its own theme, including […]

  • Yellow Line service suspended after embankment gives way

    SKOKIE, Ill. — The CTA’s Yellow Line remains out of service after a construction project weakened an area of land -underneath the tracks. No one was injured when the embankment collapsed and compromised support under the tracks along McCormick Blvd. between Oakton and Howard streets. A construction project headed by the water reclamation district fell apart at some point late Sunday night. Yellow Line riders were caught off guard this morning. They have been getting shuttled around or are being […]

  • Aurora Marine among those killed in Nepal helicopter crash

    AURORA, Ill. — 23-year-old corporal Sara Medina was a 2010 graduate of East Aurora High School. WGN had a chance to talk with a former classmate, who said Medina was part of the ROTC program, and then joined the Marines when she graduated. Medina’s parents’ home set up a vigil Sunday with candles and photos of their daughter. Medina was a photographer with the Marine Corps installation out of Okinawa, Japan. Members of her unit were diverted from the Philippines and […]

  • Francis Cardinal George’s galero to be raised Sunday

    CHICAGO — A centuries-old tradition will honor Francis Cardinal George Sunday evening at Holy Name Cathedral. The “Month’s Mind” Mass honors the one-month anniversary of a person’s death. During today’s ceremony, Cardinal George’s Galero will be raised and suspended inside the cathedral sanctuary. A Galero is the red, ceremonial hat that cardinals used to receive when they joined the College of Cardinals. Galeros haven’t been formally presented or worn by cardinals in the Catholic church since the 1960’s, but Cardinal […]

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