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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
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    Man charged in fatal hit-and-run crash in Humboldt Park

    CHICAGO — A man from Chicago is now charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed two men in Humboldt Park. Police say Jose Estrada, 24, was drunk when he slammed into the men as they walked across North Avenue at Kildare Saturday night. Estrada was arrested three blocks away after he crashed into several parked cars. He is scheduled to appear in bond court later today.

  • Thousands, including Archbishop Cupich, head downtown in March for Life

    Thousands marched through downtown Chicago this afternoon in the 10th annual March for Life. Chicago’s new Archbishop Blase Cupich was there marching right along with them. There were politicians, church leaders and families from not only Illinois, but also Wisconsin and Indiana for the march — as well as a small pro-choice group. They started Sunday afternoon at Federal plaza, with prayers and a call to reverse Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal. From the […]

  • Wrigley bleachers won’t be ready until early May

    The Chicago Cubs knew the 26 week time table to get the bleachers ready in time for opening night on April 5th would be a tight one and they just aren’t going to make it. Those who have season tickets in the bleachers aren’t out of luck but they were disappointed. From the moment crews started tearing down the bleachers the Cubs knew everything would have to go very smoothly for the first phase of their multi-year half a billion […]

  • Cubs announce Wrigley Field bleachers won’t be ready in time for opener

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs announced Saturday the new outfield bleachers will not be ready for the home season opener. The team said the left field led bleachers won’t be ready until early May, the right field bleachers in late May. The right field video board also will not be ready for Opening Day. Season-ticket holders in the bleacher sections have a few options during the renovations: seek a full refund for games through May 11, ask for a credit for home games […]

  • Officer hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the leg

    Chicago — A Chicago Police officer is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg. Authorities say officers were investigating at about 6:30 p.m. last night in the Englewood neighborhood. That’s when the officer accidentally discharged his weapon, injuring himself in the leg. He was taken to Christ Hospital in good condition. It’s unclear what police were initially investigating.

  • Police warn CTA riders of phone snatcher

    CHICAGO — Police are warning riders on the CTA Red Line to be on the alert for a phone snatcher. Three people had their phones snatched right out of their hands at the Wilson stop in Uptown. The robberies started back at the end of December and continued right through January. A couple of Guardian Angels were passing out flyers Friday night to warn people and police have released a photo of the suspect. Investigators caution riders to be careful and pay attention […]

  • Copies of Charlie Hebdo’s controversial new issue coming to Chicago

    CHICAGO — Three hundred copies of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are heading to news stands throughout the country. Just a couple of days ago, two newsstands in the Chicago area found out they will get a shipment of the magazine once it clears customs. The manager at Chicago-Main Newsstand isn’t sure how many copies this store or the one in Old Irving Park will get but he believes they will sell out very quickly. The Chicago-Main Newsstand in Evanston […]

  • Trial continues for Park Forest cop in WWII vet death

    PARK FOREST, Ill. — The trial began Tuesday for the Park Forest police officer who shot and killed a 95-year-old World War Two vet in 2013. The court will decide whether Officer Craig Taylor acted out of a reasonable fear for his life, when he shot five beanbag rounds at John Wrana. Police were called to Wrana’s assisted-living facility when he refused to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.  By the time police arrived, Wrana was wielding a 7-inch knife […]

  • Quinn won’t issue medical marijuana licenses before term ends

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Pat Quinn will not award licenses for cultivating medical marijuana before his term ends. The Democrat did sign into law tougher penalties for violations of the state’s new medical marijuana law. Quinn was expected to issue licenses before leaving office. But spokesman Grant Klinzman says they “shouldn’t be rushed out last minute.” Democratic state Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie sponsored the legislation and criticized the governor’s inaction. Lang says sick people need to have access to pain-relieving […]

  • CPS back open today after closing due to cold conditions

    CHICAGO– CPS students head back to school today after having two days off because of the brutally cold conditions. CPS Officials released the following statement Thursday evening: “While temperatures are expected to remain cold, we are welcoming our students back to class on Friday,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “We urge all parents and families to make sure their children are prepared for the cold weather conditions, and CPS is following its winter weather plan to ensure all students and […]


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