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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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    Jackie Robinson West honored at Wrigley Field

    Chicago’s Little League Champions Jackie Robinson West were honored at Wrigley Field Monday. The team celebrated their victory with the White Sox over the weekend. On Monday, the boys in yellow joined the Cubs at batting practice, were saluted on-field before the game started, and threw out the ceremonial first-pitch. JRW honored at cubs game @WGNNews— Erik Runge (@WGNErik) September 01, 2014

  • Police search for suspects in the fatal beating of a man in alley

    Chicago police are looking for two men suspected of beating a homeless man to death last night in Logan Square. Police say around 11 pm Saturday, two men got out of a car and began beating 59-year-old Ernesto Garcia with their fists and feet in an alley in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway. Garcia was taken to Mt. Sinai hospital where he later died. People who live in the neighborhood say Garcia was a good man and don’t understand […]

  • Police seek suspect after teen sexually assault in South Side alley

    Chicago police are investigating the sexual assault of a teen on the South Side. Police say the 14-year-old girl was walking in an alley of the 400 block of East 71st St around noon today in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. A man, age 20-30, riding a bike grabbed the teen and forced her down an alley. Police say the man removed her pants against her will and sexually assaulted her, before taking off. The girl ran into a nearby restaurant for […]

  • Fire crews battle extra-alarm fire in Englewood overnight. Photo credit: Capt. Ken Pallister, Chicago Fire Dept.

    WATCH: Firefighters battle extra-alarm fire in Englewood

    More than 200 firefighters worked through the night to get an extra-alarm fire under control in the Englewood neighborhood.  Firefighters will be on the scene until late Thursday evening. The fire broke out just before 11 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of  the three-story building at 63rd and Halsted. RELATED: PHOTOS: Crews battle Englewood blaze There are no injuries reported, but firefighters say flareups will continue.  The partial collapse of the buildings mean there are a lot of hhidden fire that they […]

  • Chicago celebrates and honors Little League team

    The streets of Chicago were filled with pride during Wednesday morning’s celebrations for Jackie Robinson West. The city celebrated the team’s Little League National Championship with a rally and a parade.

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    Second to None: City cheers for Jackie Robinson West

    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West lost to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game Sunday. JRW’s amazing run ended with a 8-4 loss. A parade for the team will take place in the city on Wednesday.  It will begin on the South Side and end at Millennium Park.  The exact times will be announced later.  

  • Jackie Robinson West wins U.S. finals in World Series

    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West wins U.S finals in Little League World Series. In the bottom of the first inning, JRW was down 3 to nothing against Nevada when Trey Hondras sends one over the right field wall for a 2 run homer. Josh Houston pitched three straight score-less innings… allowing the team to take the lead. Fast forward to the bottom of the fifth inning, the score is tied at 5, Brandon Green hits a grounder to third which is […]

  • Heavy weekend rains drench Chicago area

    Heavy rains drenched Chicago and the suburbs Saturday.

  • Cardinal George to participate in a clinical research to fight cancer

    The archdiocese of Chicago has released the following information regarding Cardinal Francis George’s health. Cardinal Francis George continues to undergo cancer treatment with doctors at Loyola University Medical Center. The Cardinal recently underwent a regular medical procedure there to replace a stent in his ureter. This procedure has been done routinely every six months over the last few years. Additionally, Cardinal George has agreed to participate in a clinical research trial at University of Chicago Medicine. The trial is testing […]

  • 3-year-old shot in the head inside a home in West Garfield Park

    Police are investigating the accidental shooting of a 3-year-old boy inside a home in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Relatives identify the boy as James Jenkins, Jr. They say he was shot in the head at about 7:30pm Friday night in a home in the 4300 block of W. Monroe Street. They say he was playing in a closet and may have been with another child and one of them found the gun and accidentally fired it. Family members say […]


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