Erik Runge

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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    Alvarez recuses herself in Jason Van Dyke case

    CHICAGO — The embattled Cook County State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, recuses herself from the Jason Van Dyke case. Alvarez says she did so in the interest of justice, and not because of a conflict of interest. The outgoing Alvarez has faced months of criticism over her handling of the case. Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged in the fatal shooting of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald, was in court Thursday morning. The judge said he’ll make a definite decision on a […]

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    Takata to recall 35 million more airbags

    NEW YORK — Takata will recall an additional 35 to 40 million airbags due to the explosion risk they pose to drivers and passengers, according to a U.S. transportation official familiar with its plans. The expansion of what was already the nation’s largest auto recall is due to be announced later Wednesday by Mark Rosekind, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least 10 U.S. deaths have been linked to the airbag problems, which can explode and send […]

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    Trump and Clinton: Bring on the general election

    For Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 general election has all but begun. The two presidential front-runners celebrated a victorious night Tuesday, each notching major wins in East Coast primaries and taking giant leaps towards their party’s nominations. And in dueling victory speeches that showcased their starkly contrasting tone and style, Trump and Clinton had one thing in common: an eye on November. At a news conference at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, Trump declared that the GOP primary […]

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    1 killed, 4 wounded in Chicago shootings

    CHICAGO — In the span of just a few hours, five people in Chicago have been shot, one fatally, in two separate shootings. A 36-year-old man was killed in one of the shootings; the others remain at area hospitals. The shootings were just a few miles from each other. Both involved multiple victims: two at one, three at the other. Just before 1:30 p.m., police say two men started shooting at each other outside the Currency Exchange near Garfield and […]

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    Employee charged with arson in furniture warehouse fire

    WOODRIDGE, Ill. — An employee has been charged with arson in the massive warehouse fire in the suburbs earlier this month. 20-year-old Ruben Ochoa Cruz is facing federal arson charges. More than 325,000-square feet of warehouse space is in ruins.  The RoomPlace estimates the damage is well into the million dollars. The RoomPlace CEO released a statement saying he was deeply disturbed one of his employees was charged with setting the fire. Last Thursday, 30 fire departments battled a nearly out […]

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    Coach, teacher at special education center arrested for sexual abuse of teen

    BRADLEY, Ill. — A part time coach and teacher in Kankakee County was arrested for sexually abusing  a teenager. He is out of jail for now. The coach has not been charged at this time. He was a teacher at a special education school in Kankakee and coached track in another town. Bradley Police detectives first confronted the 26-year-old man at Momence High School where he is was an assistance track coach.  They were following up on a report a […]

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    Major construction planned across Indiana

    If you summer plans includes traveling into Indiana this summer be ready for some serious delays. A massive construction project will be making repairs on I-94  from the Illinois state line all the way to the Michigan state line. INDOT says it will do what it can to ease traffic congestion but there will still be plenty of traffic backups through the state all summer long I-94 sees some of the highest volumes of traffic in the country including truck […]

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    Major construction projects in store for Indiana

    If you are planning to head to Indiana and Michigan this summer for weekend getaways, be prepared for heavy traffic. The Indiana Department of Transportation announced on Thursday there will be six, major construction projects along the entire I-80/94 corridor between the Illinois and Michigan state lines. The work is scheduled to last through the fall. Crews are expected to do most of the work at night. State police will beef up their presence at the construction sites.  

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    Judge sentences Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison in hush-money case

    CHICAGO — A federal judge has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case that centered on accusations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused at least four students when he was a high school wrestling coach. Judge Thomas M. Durkin announced the sentence Wednesday. Hastert also must undergo sex offender treatment, two years of supervised release after his time behind bars and a $250,000 fine to go to a crime victims fund. He pleaded guilty […]

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    Investigation reopened after dashcam video released of 2011 arrest

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers were stripped of their powers over a dash cam video from an arrest almost five years ago. New police superintendent Eddie Johnson says the video is “concerning” enough to reopen the use of force investigation. In an effort to be more transparent, the department released dash cam video and the radio calls from that night in May of 2011 when police were chasing two suspects involved in an armed robbery. Police say the woman […]


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