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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    Chuck E. Cheese leaving Oak Lawn after multiple violent incidents

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — Chuck E. Cheese is leaving Oak Lawn. The local village board had planned a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss revoking its license. But the meeting was postponed after the restaurant announced it’s moving out. The location has been the scene of hundreds of fights and arguments. Oak Lawn police say they’ve responded to more than 300 calls and made more than two dozen arrests at the restaurant since 2011, according to village data. The most recent […]

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    3 killed in wrong-way crash on I-88 in Warrenville

    WARRENVILLE, Ill. –Police say three people are dead following a wrong-way crash involving two cars along Interstate 88 in suburban Chicago. Illinois State Police say the crash happened shortly before 1 a.m. Friday along the interstate in the Warrenville and Naperville area. Police said a Toyota Camry driven by 30-year-old Domenic Andreoni of Elgin was heading eastbound in the westbound lanes when it collided head-on with a Chrysler 300. Police said Andreoni was pronounced dead at the scene along with the […]

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    At least 30 dead, many still missing after Oakland warehouse fire

    OAKLAND, California — At least 30 people have been confirmed dead in a massive blaze that gutted a converted warehouse over the weekend during an electronic dance party. The death toll is expected to rise as crews search the wreckage of the two-story building, which burst into flames late Friday night. Only some 20% of the building had been searched as of Sunday morning, authorities said. “The number of lives lost will increase,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly. […]

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    Up-and-coming boxer fighting for his life after he was shot in the head

    CHICAGO — Up-and-coming Chicago boxer Ed “Bad Boy” Brown has never met an opponent he couldn’t beat, but now he’s fighting for his life after he was shot in the head early Saturday morning. The 24-year-old boxer and his 19-year-old cousin were on their way home from a midnight workout when they parked in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Police say a sliver car pulled up beside them and opened fire, hitting Brown in the head and his cousin in the […]

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    Extra-alarm fire at Chicago’s Old Main Post Office

    CHICAGO — Firefighters were called to the scene of an extra-alarm fire at the Old Main Post Office in the Loop Monday, snarling traffic downtown and on the Ike as they struck out a fire there for the second time in less than six months. Just before 10 a.m. Monday morning, smoke came pouring out of the historic building, and about 120 firefighters and EMT crews responded to the scene. Firefighters said they had to shatter some of the building’s windows to let the smoke out, and broken glass was falling onto the streets […]

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    2 firefighters injured in Chinatown blaze

    CHICAGO — Two firefighters were injured while responding to a townhouse fire in Chinatown. Crews arrived at the scene in the 200 block of West 25th Place at about 10:30 a.m. One firefighter was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The other was in fair to serious condition. Only a mother and her child were in the building when the fire started. They both made it out safely, but the mother said they lost everything in the fire and are […]

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    Teens charged with murder as adults over killing of Rep. Danny Davis’ grandson

    CHICAGO — Two teenagers were charged as adults with first degree murder Sunday in connection with the killing of U.S. Congressman Danny Davis’ grandson Jovan Wilson. A Cook County judge charged 16-year-old Tariq Harris and 17-year-old Dijae T. Banks with first degree murder in connection with the killing, while also denying bail for the pair. “I’m not excited, about even the charge,” Rep. Davis said. “I have empathy not only for the members of my family whose lives have been […]

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    Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter activists break bread in the name of unity

    CHICAGO — Faith leaders, activists, and Mount Greenwood community leaders met Sunday to try and come together after a controversial police shooting caused protests and conflict in the neighborhood. It was billed as a pizza bread-breaking of peace between those who live in Mount Greenwood and those who came to protest after Joshua Beal was shot and killed earlier this month by an off-duty police officer. Police say Beal was holding and pointing a gun at the officer when he was shot. Soon after the shooting, protesters […]

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    Teens charged in murder of Congressman’s grandson

    CHICAGO — Two teenagers are facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Congressman Danny Davis’ 15-year-old grandson. The 16-year-old male and 17-year-old female will appear in bond court on Sunday, each faces one felony count of first-degree murder. Police say they shot and killed 15-year-old Jovan Wilson at his home on the South Side Friday night. Wilson was at home in Englewood around 6:45 p.m., when the boy and  girl entered and started fighting with Wilson.  Davis says the […]

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    30-year-old man fatally stabbed at Hawthorne Race Course

    CICERO, Ill. — A 30 year-old was found stabbed to death at Hawthorne Race Course on Wednesday night. The body was discovered in the living quarters. The identity isn’t yet released. Hawthorne Race Course says its security learned about a physical altercation between two employees of trainers stabled on the “backstretch.” It says security called police and medical services, who quickly arrived on the scene. It says it is cooperating with the investigation. Police are holding three persons of interest. Two of them […]