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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    Charges filed after Chicago’s ‘Walking Man’ beaten with bat

    CHICAGO –The man who used a baseball bat to viciously attack a well-known street peddler known as “The Walking Man” has been charged with reckless conduct. Meanwhile, the victim’s family is raising money to help him once he gets out of the hospital. His family says he was beaten badly and suffered severe injuries to his eyes which required surgery.  They don’t know if he’ll see or walk the streets he loved so much ever again. The man is 69-year-old […]

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    Coyotes may help fight Chicago’s rat problem

    CHICAGO — Coyotes may help fight against the city’s rat problem. Alderman Brian Hopkins, Ward 2, is pushing a policy on how to respond to coyote sightings. Hopkins says the animals have no interest in garbage cans, and instead like to hunt rats, rodents and Canadian geese. “If someone just sees a coyote and they call 911 to report it, or even 311, they’ll be told ‘There’s no problem there.’ If the animal’s not behaving aggressively, we don’t have to respond, […]

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    2 FBI agents shot, suspect found dead in Park Forest residence

    PARK FOREST, Ill. — A person was found dead in a residence after two FBI agents were shot in Park Forest Tuesday morning. WGN has learned that the FBI was executing an arrest warrant on Rich Court in Park Forest. Agents were trying to track down a reputed gang member on drug trafficking charges as part of a gang sweep. During the arrest, two FBI agents suffered gunshot wounds. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The suspect, identified as Melvin Toran, 50, […]

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    Man, 36, shot during scuffle with ATM robber on West Side

    CHICAGO — A 36-year-old man is in serious condition after being shot during an attempted robbery while using a near West Side ATM. A masked man approached the victim from behind at about 2:40 a.m. at the Chase Bank branch near Madison and Oakley. The victim turned and punched the robber, who then drew a gun and shot him before running away. A friend of the victim drove him to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot to the chest. The area is […]

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    TSA examines long lines at Chicago airports

    The head of the TSA comes to Chicago Friday to find out why there were unusually long lines and waits this week at O’Hare and Midway Airport security gates. Travelers stood in lines for as long as three hours at security Wednesday. Thursday, they were told to arrive at least two hours before departure. The TSA has responded by sending 58 agents to Chicago to help. They’re also upgrading 100 part-time TSA workers to full time. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin […]

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    Airbnb on delay, TSA takes center stage at City Council

    CHICAGO – Aldermen on Wednesday pushed back on the mayor’s bid to regulate Airbnb, delaying a vote. With that on hold until next month, aldermen made a move to help with huge TSA lines at O’Hare and Midway. The idea is to help beef up TSA security at both airports with a private security company. Several aldermen called the current conditions and wait times at the airports avoidable and unacceptable. With security wait times sometimes hitting several hours and several […]

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    CPS principals get first look at budget cuts and it’s worse than expected

    CHICAGO —  Principals at Chicago Public Schools are getting their first look at their budgets for next year, and it’s worse than expected. With no help from Springfield, CPS can expect to lose a quarter of their budget.  It would mean layoffs, larger class sizes and cuts in academic and fine arts programs. Schools were expecting cuts but were unprepared for just how deep they would be. The potential budgets cuts didn’t really come as a surprise to principals, what […]

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    Illinois upgrading security for driver’s licenses, ID cards

    CHICAGO — Illinoisans will receive temporary paper driver’s licenses and identification cards as the state works to meet federal security mandates. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office said Tuesday that beginning in July 2016, applicants will no longer be issued a license or identification card. Instead they will receive a temporary paper driver’s license or ID that’s good for 45 days. They’ll also receive their old ID with a hole punch. Those will serve as identification and are good for air […]

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    Family, friends mourn 15-year-old girl stabbed to death

    CHICAGO — Charges are pending against two people for the fatal stabbing of a teenage girl on the South Side. Dekayla Dansberry, 15, was stabbed in the chest during a fight near 65th and King Drive in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Emergency crews rushed her to a nearby hospital, but she later died. New Beginnings Church of Chicago at 6620 South King Drive held a vigil for Dansberry at 4 p.m. Sunday, where family and friends […]

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    Glenview man, 56, charged with sex crimes against child

    GLENVIEW, Ill. — A Glenview man has been charged with two felony sex crimes against a child. Glenview police arrested Frank Mack, 56, in Chicago on Wednesday. Mack is out jail tonight on bond; his attorney says he looks forward to clearing mack’s name. For a second time Mack his facing charges of sexually abusing a child. The first was in 2003 when a boy accused Mack of abuse after Mack allowed him to drive his car. He was acquitted […]


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