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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    97-year-old World War II vet gets free Cubs World Series tickets

    ELGIN, Ill. — A dream come true for a lifelong Cubs fan. 97-year old Jim Schlegel was at Wrigley Field the last time the Cubs were in the World Series in 1945. His granddaughter started a GoFundMe page to raise money so Jim could see the Cubs play this time around. A generous donor stepped up and gave the World War II veteran two tickets to Game 3 Friday night. Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis gave Jim two front row tickets […]

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    Boy 14, used math project to predict Cubs as 2016 World Series winner

    OAKLAND Calif. — A 14-year-old boy took his school math project to another level when he used it to predict the outcome of the 2016 World Series. Connor Garcia Whitehill created an extensive metric system that he calls the “Connor Curve” to prove his claim. According to his calculations, the Chicago Cubs will win. He made this prediction in March, which is when the video was posted to YouTube. Connor used different categories including offense, defense and pitching for every Major League team […]

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    Pearl Harbor vet who went to 1945 World Series hoping for tickets in 2016

    ELGIN, Ill. — A man who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor during WWII is hoping to survive the long Cubs World Series victory drought. Cubs fans who actually saw their team play in a world series aren’t easy to come by these days. But even at 97 years old, Everrit Schelgle – Jim to his friends – can still name the starters on the 1945 World Series team. That year he was fresh out of the army and thought he’d […]

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    Chicago radio icon Herb Kent ‘The Cool Gent’ dies at 88

    CHICAGO –Chicago radio legend Herb Kent passed away Saturday night after nearly 70 years on the air, iHeartMedia confirmed Sunday. Known fondly as “The Cool Gent” and “The King of the Dusties,” Kent was born and raised in Chicago. His long career included time behind the mic as an on-air personality on WVON 1690AM, Chicago’s first all-African-American radio station, and at WVAZ’s V103 for the past 27 years. He was also active in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s. Kent passed away after […]

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    Couple gets married in front of Wrigley Field marquee just hours before Game 6

    CHICAGO — There has been a buzz around Wrigley since the playoffs began, and tonight Chicago Cubs could clinch a spot in the World Series. Something they haven’t done since 1945. All signs seem to point to a new day and a new way of thinking in Wrigleyville.  It’s a time for Cub fans to forget about the close calls and the what-could-have-beens. As for Laura and Sean Hileman, they said “I Do” today at Wrigley Field, before the Cubs hopefully will say […]

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    Cyber attacks disrupt Twitter, Netflix, other sites

    LONDON — A massive cyber attack caused dozens of popular websites to basically shut down Friday after a key firm was hit by a cyberattack. It all started around 8:30 a.m. Chicago time when New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with malicious electronic traffic. Dyn is kind of a phone book for websites, so when you type in an address it navigates you to that site.  What the hackers […]

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    2 years after Laquan McDonald’s death, calls for reform continue

    CHICAGO — Dozens gathered at Chicago police headquarters Thursday night to remember Laquan McDonald. It was two years ago that 17-year-old McDonald was fatally shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke. Those 16 shots captured on police dashcam video released last November touched a nerve and sparked outrage in Chicago and across the country. The video was held for over year, and its delayed release raised questions about how the city handled the case. The fallout cost Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy […]

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    Despite uptick in gun violence, Chicago named No. 2 travel destination in U.S.

    CHICAGO — As the city deals with increasing gun violence, a national publication singled out Chicago as one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Conde Nast Traveler named Chicago the No. 2 tourist destination among big U.S. cities, only behind New York. The city earned high marks for its parks, and events like the James Beard Awards. The survey also named 20 Chicago hotels to a list of the nation’s best hotels. But this comes as the violence continues to spiral out of control […]

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    Some Chicago Cubs fans duped by fake playoff tickets

    CHICAGO — Some Cubs fans weren’t just disappointed with Sunday night’s playoff loss to the Dodgers. Many also got duped into buying fake tickets. It’s a problem that is likely to get worse as each game becomes more and more important for the Cubs. Kevin Biederwolf and his roommate got to the gate at Wrigley Field Sunday night, after spending more than they would have liked on tickets — only to find out they were fakes. Kevin found the tickets on […]

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    3-year-old boy shot and killed in Waukegan believed to be accident

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Police in Waukegan are investigating the shooting death of a 3-year-old  boy. A neighbor says she heard one gunshot at this home on 11th and Greenfield then saw her neighbor carrying his lifeless child in his arms. The boy was shot in the head. He was rushed to the hospital and  pronounced dead. Police believe it was an accident Police say the child’s family is cooperating with the investigation. No word yet on any […]