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Erik Runge

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

Prior to working at WGN, Erik 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, Erik earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa. Erik is a life-long Cubs and Bears fan and lives with his dog Cassie.


Recent Articles
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    Hillary Clinton campaigns in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Hillary Clinton is back in Chicago raising money for her presidential campaign and taking jabs at Donald Trump along the way. The former First Lady was the keynote speaker at the Operation PUSH international women’s luncheon. She is also holding an afternoon fundraiser in Chicago with singer Michelle Williams, who used to be in Destiny’s Child with Beyonce. Tickets for the event are $2,700 per person. Former President Bill Clinton was in Chicago on Friday for a fundraiser. […]

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    UK votes to leave European Union; PM resigns

    The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum that triggered the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron and wreaked havoc on global markets. There was a mixture of jubilation and tearful disbelief in the UK as people awoke Friday to the final result from Thursday’s extremely close vote, which deeply divided the nation. The result plunged Europe into uncertainty, with calls for further referendums from emboldened far-right groups who see it as a boost […]

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    2 new hotels to be added to O’Hare, Hilton to be upgraded

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans Friday morning for three major hotel projects at O’Hare, designed to keep the airport competitive with other major air hubs. The announcement was made on the tarmac outside the international terminal where one of two new hotels will be built. Another new hotel will be built on the northeast corner of O’Hare property near Mannheim Road. The third project will be the renovation of the O’Hare Hilton. The $350 million project will more than […]

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    Tornado rips through Pontiac, Illinois

    PONTIAC, Ill. — Illinois officials and residents are assessing damage after six tornadoes damaged rural communities in the northern part of the state amid powerful storms that swept across the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service said an EF2 tornado with estimated top wind speeds of 115-125 mph cut a path more than 11 miles long and about four football fields wide into the city of Pontiac on Wednesday night. Officials said at least seven people were injured in that […]

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    Video of officer punching man during arrest sparks internal investigation

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have launched an internal investigation after video of a man being punched by an officer surfaced on social media. What led up to the video is something police and witnesses disagree on. 22-year-old Robert Foreman was released from custody Monday after he was charged with resisting arrest and public drinking. Foreman says he had just been robbed before the arrest took place, but police dispute his account. The video in question was recorded by a witness […]

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    Teen shot to death with semi-automatic assault weapon in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO — A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed with a semi-automatic assault rifle in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Sunday afternoon, according to police. Police say a gunman in a light-colored Saturn four-door opened fire right in front of Holy Cross Immaculate Heart of Mary Church while close to 200 people were inside for services. Witnesses say Salvador Suarez, who lives in the neighborhood, was walking down the street when he was killed.  Police think the shooting was gang […]

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    Pride Fest celebrates LGBT community in wake of Orlando tragedy

    CHICAGO — Before you even got inside, you could tell things were a little different at this year’s Pride Fest. Security was a bit tighter, more officers were mingling, and the mood was one of cautious joy after last Sunday. “I think everyone thinks about it but you can’t let it dominate your life. You keep on having pride,” said Anna Risher. As the afternoon wore on, the celebration of life and pride got a little louder along with the […]

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    2 children injured by glass during South Side shooting taken to hospital

    CHICAGO – Two children were injured Friday night on the South Side when someone fired shots near a Pizza Hut restaurant on the South Side. The incident took place near at 67th and Stony Island in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. The bullets shattered glass, injuring the children, who were sitting and waiting for their pizza. The glass and shrapnel hit their hands. The girls were taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries. Pastor Corey Brooks tweeted that a […]

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    Pride Week begins in Chicago

    CHICAGO —  Chicago’s kicking off a big week of pride activities and this year’s celebration takes on new meaning after the Orlando massacre. The community is uniting to honor the victims of the killing spree. Special events are planned to honor the Orlando victims and police have stepped up patrols around pride events. WGN’s Erik Runge has more.

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    Suburban mosque holds interfaith prayer service for Orlando victims

    GLEN ELLYN, Ill — A mosque in suburban Glen Ellyn made an open invitation to anyone who would like to pray for the victims in Orlando tonight. Members of different faiths prayed together as part of the interfaith service to remember those who died and those still recovering. For many, it was the first time they had ever step into a mosque. They came together in shared faith in God and the belief the motivation for the killer in Orlando was hate […]