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
  • Hail hits hard during afternoon storms; Schaumburg, Itasca report damage

    A round of storms barreled through the Chicago area Friday afternoon. Gusty winds and hail caused damaged in several suburbs with Schaumburg and Itasca among the hardest hit. Hail damage in Schaumburg @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/etXIW0RLzO — Dana Rebik (@DanaRebikWGN) July 22, 2017 Rain also accompanied the storms causing flood waters to rise again in areas. It was the first of two major weather events for the weekend. The WGN Weather Center is forecasting much more rain overnight in the areas that […]

  • 2 men found shot to death in driveway of suburban home

    AURORA, Ill. –Two men were  found shot to death inside an SUV in Aurora early Thursday morning. The shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. in the 700 block of North Ave. The victims were found by a relative in the driveway of a home. One of the victims, 25-year-old Pedro Miranda lived in the home. He and 39-year-old Enrique Villalvazo Jr. were each shot multiple times. Investigators believe they had just left their jobs at a factory in Batavia. Police […]

  • Gov. Rauner receives criticism for flood response after touring Round Lake

    ROUND LAKE, Ill. — For the past several days Governor Bruce Rauner has been on the ground to see the damage record flooding has done over four counties north of Chicago. On Wednesday, he visited Elizabeth Carabis’ home.  She had at least five feet of water in her home. “We lost thousands of dollars of things, an office a bedroom and a living room and its gone,” she said. It’s all out in front of her home now, this was […]

  • Flood waters finally receding in Fox River Valley

    MCHENRY COUNTY, Ill. — Those living near the flooded out Fox River Valley believe the worst is over. The river crested at record levels Tuesday morning causing massive amounts of damage but no evacuations. People in hard hit Holiday Hills in McHenry County started preparing last Friday and it paid off. Record flood levels on the Fox River and nearby lakes threated hundreds of homes.  In nearby Lake County, close to 7,000 structures have been damaged. But now with both […]

  • Gov. Rauner adds Cook County to disaster proclamation, tours flood damage

    ALGONQUIN, Il–Governor Bruce Rauner added Cook County to the state disaster proclamation due to widespread flooding Sunday, saying evacuations may be necessary in some areas if conditions deteriorate. “With flood waters impacting communities in Cook County, I’m adding the county to the state disaster proclamation to ensure we provide responders the resources they need to continue protecting public health and safety,” Gov. Rauner said in a statement. In Gurnee, the Fox River has reached a record 12 feet, but the […]

  • Officials visit flood-damaged areas as Fox River continues to rise

    LAKE COUNTY, Ill. — Officials toured the extensive flood damage in Lake County this weekend as residents received good news and bad news: some of the flooded rivers and lakes are cresting, but the Chain of Lakes and Fox River are still rising. Many homes have been destroyed as heavy rains caused flooding across Lake County. As of Saturday, county officials said at least 6,100 structures were impacted by flood waters, but the number could go as high as 10,000. […]

  • Owner of horse barn destroyed in fire vows to rebuild

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The owner of a Plainfield horse boarding barn that burned to the ground Wednesday says he will rebuild. The structure caught fire Wednesday around 1:30 a.m. Horses were trapped inside.  People who board their horses at the barn and others helped save 12 horses, 18 died. More than 48 hours after a fire took his dream, Raul Del Real says it’s still sinking in. He has set up a go fund me page to help raise the […]

  • City shows its pride during 48th Annual Chicago Pride Parade

    CHICAGO — Chicago showed its pride at the 48th Annual Pride Parade Sunday afternoon, as groups from across the city (including some of Chicago’s Very Own) marched across the North Side. The parade felt more celebratory than last year, when it took place in the shadow of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. Security was tight but the mood was fun, colorful, and full of pride in Boystown. For 48 years the pride parade has made its […]

  • Lockdown lifted after hazmat situation at Illinois State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Capitol went on lockdown Thursday afternoon and delayed the vote to override the governor’s veto as hazmat crews investigated a suspicious powder in the governor’s office. The Capitol was given the all clear around 3:30 p.m. All clear is giving here at the Capitol. Back to business. — Tahman Bradley (@tahmanbradley) July 6, 2017 Shortly after the scheduled 1:30 p.m. start time, a House official announced there would be a delay as they waited for […]

  • Rauner warns House not to override budget veto

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers have made some progress in passing the state’s first budget in more than two years. The Illinois Senate has overridden Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a spending plan and now it’s in the hands of the House. “I am calling on all members of the General Assembly, do not override my veto. Do not vote to override my veto,” the governor said. In Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood, Governor Rauner delivered that warning shortly after Speaker Madigan […]