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
  • Mother, 2 daughters shot in Hammond Ind.

    Hammond Indiana police are searching for a pair of men who shot a mother and her two daughters during a robbery Sunday morning. The 41-year-old woman and her daughters, ages 12 and 15, were robbed then show in an alley in 900 block of Morris around 11:30 a.m. Police say the woman may have been trying to buy a cell phone in the neighborhood. The mother is hospitalized but is expected to be ok. The girls were flown to a Chicago […]

  • Shamiya Adams laid to rest

    Services for 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was only scheduled for two hours this morning at this Forest Park church it went way past that time, as politicians, community leaders, friends and family spoke of the desire to the end the violence and their love of Shamiya. Hundreds gather to say a final goodbye to 11- year-old Shamiya Adams. There were comforting words. The was also the acknowledgement there really isn’t anything that can be said that will take away her family’s […]

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    Friends, family mourn 11-year-old shooting victim at funeral

    Services for 11-year-old Shamiya Adams were only scheduled for two hours this morning at a Forest Park church. It went way past that time, as politicians, community leaders, friends and family spoke of their love of Shamiya and the desire to end the violence. Through song and scripture, hundreds gathered to say a final goodbye to Shamiya. “When an infant dies there is twice as much pain,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said. There were comforting words and the acknowledgement that there is […]

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    Teen accused in fatal shooting of 11-year-old held without bond

    A teen accused in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old Chicago girl is being held without bond. Last Friday, in Chicago’s East Garfield park neighborhood, police say 18-year-old Tevin Lee,  a recent 3.0 high school graduate and known gang member, pulled hand gun out and fired on a group of boys but only hit a little girl: Shimya Adams. Shimya died from a shot that entered her friend’s apartment through an cracked window. Police say Lee was in the neighborhood […]

  • Thousands march in Chicago to protest violence in Gaza Strip

    Thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters marched through downtown Chicago this afternoon calling for an end to an Israeli ground assault on the Gaza Strip. Waving Palestinian flags, holding posters and shouting into bullhorns, more than 2500 people flooded the streets of downtown to show their support for the Palestinians who’ve died and the thousands of others who are still in danger. Protestors laid down the concrete to represent the hundreds of Palestinians that have been killed since tensions between Israel and […]

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    Teen charged in shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams

    Charges have been filed against a teenager suspected of firing the shot that killed 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said police arrested Tevin Lee, 18, on Tuesday. But the charges, including murder, did not come down until late Wednesday. Lee is a known gang member and police are confident he is the one who pulled the trigger. Shamiya Adams was killed by a stray bullet that went through the window of an East Garfield Park apartment building […]

  • City to review 9,000 questionable red light tickets

    The City of Chicago will review more than 9,000 red light camera tickets after a Chicago Tribune investigation found a suspicious spike in the number of tickets issues. The Tribune found about 13,000 questionable tickets during their 10 month investigation but the city says of those only 9,000 were actually sent to people.  And even if they’ve paid the tickets they will get another shot at appealing that $100 dollar tickets. INVESTIGATION: Red light cameras issuing undeserved tickets The Tribune interviewed […]

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    Bond set at $1 million for trucker charged in fatal I-55 crash

    Bond was set at $1 million for the truck driver charged in Monday’s I-55 crash that killed four people. 51-year-old Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, of Leesburg, Ind, is charged with false recording of commercial driver records and a Class 4 felony of failure to maintain record of duty status. The prosecutor said they could also up the charges as the investigation continues to reckless homicide. Espinal-Quiroz indicated to police officers that while his log book said he started at 6:15 a.m. or 6:30 […]

  • Off-duty officer killed in motorcycle crash

    An off-duty Chicago police officer was killed this afternoon in a motorcycle crash. Tito Rodriguez as riding his motorcycle in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway when he was struck by another vehicle near the ramp at 69th St. The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. and caused lane closures in the area. Officer Rodriguez was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to Chicago Police, Rodriguez had been on the force since May 2013. “Our thoughts […]

  • Red light cameras tag thousands for undeserved tickets

    The Tribune investigation found about thirteen thousand questionable tickets at about a dozen intersections and similar pattern of problems at several others. The Tribune found some cameras went from writing one or two tickets a day to more than 50 in some cases with no real explanation as to why. The Tribune also found inconsistencies with tickets for drivers ticketed for not coming to a complete stop before turning right. Three experts reviewed the documents the Tribune gathered and said […]