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
  • Video released of shooting that leaves 1 dead, 3 injured on Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — Police are reviewing surveillance video of a shooting that left one person dead and three others injured on the Northwest Side early Tuesday. The shooting happened about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 3000 block of West Belmont Avenue, according to the Chicago Police Department. Detectives believe the incident stemmed from a fight between two groups at a gas station. About seven people total were involved. Both groups arrived in separate cars, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. A fight […]

  • No charges in Indiana bar shooting that injured 2 off-duty officers

    HIGHLAND, Ind. — Prosecutors in northwest Indiana have released both men involved in a gun fight with off-duty police officers over the weekend outside of a bar. Two of those officers were grazed by shots. A source close to the investigation said surveillance video from the Highland, Ind., bar, Growlers, clearly shows the officers were looking for a fight. The source said that the video shows the off-duty officers and another bouncer following the two men they got into a […]

  • Woman beaten by group of women in West Loop, police say

    CHICAGO – A 49-year-old woman is recovering after she was beaten by a group of four women early Sunday morning near the Boeing building in the West Loop, according to police. The victim told police she left a house nearby and was on the 100 block of north Riverside Plaza when she was followed by four unknown women around 5 a.m. Sunday. Police said the women began to batter the victim, causing multiple lacerations, cuts and bruises as well as lost […]

  • Controversy over Obama Presidential Center continues; Obama in city to meet foundation fellows

    Tensions were high on Wednesday as the Obama Foundation heads to city planning commission to seek approval to use Jackson Park as the location for the Obama Presidential Center. On Wednesday, both the Obamas and clashing neighborhood groups spoke about the proposal. The Obama Foundation will present its plan at City Hall Thursday morning. It’s the only thing on the agenda which could be a good thing because there are a lot of people who want their say. “We are […]

  • Residents say Lincoln Park scrap metal plant polluting air

    CHICAGO – Residents in the Lincoln Park neighborhood said a scrap metal plant is polluting the air and they’re accusing the city of doing nothing about it. General Iron, which is on Clifton Avenue and Kingsbury Street near located near a potential site for the new Amazon headquarters and a huge residential development, has been fined by the EPA in the past. General Iron was also shut down for a bit back in 2015 after a fire for several code […]

  • 2 women accusing volleyball coach of sexual abuse testify in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Two women who accused a prominent youth volleyball coach of sexually abusing them when they were teens testified in front of a state senate committee in Springfield on Tuesday. They said Powerhouse volleyball coach Rick Butler groomed them, isolated them, and eventually raped them. The two are among six women who filed a lawsuit against Butler and his wife. An attorney for Butler responded to the lawsuit for the first time on Tuesday and said the lawsuit is […]

  • Man charged with shooting ATF agent in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been charged with shooting an ATF agent in Back of the Yards last week. Ernesto Godinez, 27, turned himself in about 8:30 p.m. Monday. He appeared in federal court Tuesday on charges of assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon. If convicted, Godinez faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will held without bail until a May 17 hearing. Authorities said the ATF agent was ambushed near Davis Square Park about 3:15 a.m. […]

  • Here’s what you need to know about Chicago’s CityKey ID card program

    CHICAGO — People are lining up for hours to apply for Chicago’s new CityKey ID program. The CityKey cards, offered to eligible Chicago residents, can be used for identification, public transportation, and discounts all around the city. The government issued ID comes with a number of benefits, including for people who are homeless, or in the country illegally. Getting a CityKey is simple and only takes about three minutes, city officials said. To qualify, you’ll need to provide a photo […]

  • Police: Woman arrested after 1 killed, 4 more injured in hit-and-run on Ike exit ramp

    CHICAGO – A woman accused of hitting five pedestrians along the Eisenhower Expressway early Sunday morning, killing one, and then driving off has been arrested, according to police. The deadly crash came after a horrible chain of events early Sunday morning. Five men left downtown Chicago and were heading west on the Eisenhower when their cab broke down early Sunday morning. They called another cab, got out of the one they were in, and walked back on the Eisenhower. State […]

  • Community steps up to support teen struck by stray bullet on CTA bus

    CHICAGO — Community activists and friends came together Sunday to show their support for Ulises Triano after the teen was hit in the head by a bullet on a CTA bus Wednesday afternoon. Ulises was on his way home from school when a stray bullet hit him in the head, fracturing his skull. Police are pretty sure he was not the target of the shooter and the gun was liklely fired from two blocks away. “Out of nowhere I felt my head hit […]