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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.

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    Hundreds of nationwide travel snags affect Midwest flights

    A winter storm is snarling travel across the East Coast on Wednesday, causing trouble on the nation’s roadways and delays of up to six hours at airports in the Northeast on one of the busiest travel days of the year. About 30 million people from the mountains of North Carolina to Maine could be affected by the holiday storm. “The storm in the Northeast continues to develop and is causing long delays and numerous cancellations at D.C., New York city […]

  • Investigators still trying to determine cause of South Side building collapse

      There is still no word yet on what caused the explosion and apartment collapse that led to the rescue of two women and a dog from an apartment building on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago Fire Department News Affairs tweeted Monday that there is “[n]o report today on cause of building collapse. Investigation still underway.” The collapse happened in the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood Sunday night. When Chicago Fire Department crews arrived, the […]

  • Dozens of horses killed in Woodstock stable fire

    A late-night extra-alarm fire killed 32 horses in a stable in northwest suburban Woodstock. Firefighters were called to the Valley View Acres horse stable at 5116 Mt. Thabor Road in unincorporated Woodstock at 10:53 p.m. Saturday. A person who runs the stable says they were awakened by  a “crackling sound” coming from the stable. Firefighters arrived to find the stable in flames. The stable’s owner told officials that there were up to 37 horses inside at the time.  Five horses […]

  • Chicago’s Mag Mile holds 23rd annual Lights Festival

    While next Friday may mark the official beginning of the holiday shopping season, Saturday marked the beginning of the holiday parade season. The 23rd annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival was held in downtown Chicago Saturday night. More than a million people were expected to watch this year’s parade — and excitement built all day Saturday. Millions of lights were strung on the hundreds of trees lining Magnificent Mile, signifying that the holiday season is upon Chicago. WGN’s Erik Runge reports.

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    State Street Macy’s cited after 4 injured in small explosion

    Macy’s was cited after a small explosion burned four workers at the store`s State Street location. An investigation found that one of the workers tried to use a ‘camper cooker’ to prepare breakfast before the store opened. That’s when a small butane tank ruptured. A woman suffered serious burns on her face. Three men also sustained injuries. The fire prevention bureau cited the store for improperly storing and using butane.    

  • Logan Square on alert after several women robbed

    An alert has been issued in the Logan Square neighborhood after several women were robbed of their belongings on the street. The first of a string of strong arm robberies happened November 1st in 3000 block of Gresham. It was around 1 p.m. Police say a man 20 to 25 years old knocked a woman down from behind then stole her things. A day later and just around the corner at 3300 Belmont another woman was attacked around d8 p.m. […]

  • Chicagoans, local politicians mourn death of Jane Byrne

    Chicago’s first and only female mayor Jane Byrne passed away Friday. Chicagoans and local politicians took to Twitter and Facebook to mourn her death. As a young City Hall reporter, I often parried with Mayor Jane Byrne. But she was never dull; an indelible part of Chicago history. RIP. — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 14, 2014 Naming an interchange after Jane Byrne falls far short of giving her the recognition she deserves as Chicago's female mayor. RIP — John Fritchey (@johnfritchey) […]

  • Bedbugs found at Chicago firehouse

    A Chicago firehouse has been treated for a bedbug problem. Bedbugs were found last week in the bunk house in the 1700 block of Pulaski in the city’s Hermosa’s neighborhood. Thirty-six firefighters and medics share the space each day. The department  believes the bedbugs came from a box spring brought into the house since the department does not provide them. Once they got the box spring out of the house,  the department’s infectious disease inspectors were called in and confirmed bed […]

  • Woman’s death sparks investigation into synthetic drug sale

    A synthetic form of the drug Ecstasy is being blamed for the death of a 21-year-old Spring Grove woman. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies are now trying to figure out where the woman got the drug. Cristina Villasana was transferred to Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan yesterday from a hospital near Spring Groove where she died. The coroner is still awaiting the results of the toxicology report but Lake County Sheriff’s office believes she ingested the drug Monday night. Authorities […]

  • Court hearing for suburban teen accused of trying to join ISIS

    A Bolingbrook teenager, accused of trying to join the terror group ISIS, has been ordered held until trial. Federal prosecutors say Mohammed Khan posed a flight risk and was a danger to the community. Khan tried to bring his two younger siblings with him to Syria. The three were stopped at O’Hare last month before they could board a flight to Turkey. All three had written letters to their parents saying good-bye. Khan’s 17-year-old sister and 16-year-old brother have not […]


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