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
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    Man awarded $15M in wrongful conviction settlement

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — The city of Chicago Heights agreed Wednesday to one of the largest wrongful conviction settlements in the state. 51-year-old Rodell Sanders  was awarded 15 million dollars in exchange for spending more than 20 years in prison. He was wrongfully convicted of a 1993 murder.  Sanders says he was framed by officers in the Chicago Heights police department, some of which ended in up in prison themselves. “Those were corrupt police officers,” Sanders told reporters.  “From day […]

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    Chicago’s Polish National Alliance vandalized ahead of Trump visit

    CHICAGO — As Donald Trump mades his way to the area to court donors and voters, the Polish National Alliance rushed to clean up anti-Trump graffiti sprayed on its Chicago outpost ahead of the candidate’s visit Wednesday. Taggers left anti-Trump graffiti on the front of the building and nearby sidewalk on the far Northwest Side, although it was cleaned up before the Republican candidate’s visit there. Trump was invited to speak by the Polish American Congress. Trump is visiting Chicago for the first time […]

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    Man’s conviction overturned 20 years later

    Charles Johnson was just a teenager when he was sentenced to life in prison for a double murder 20 years ago. Today, with his conviction overturned, Johnson walked out of the Cook County jail. Johnson’s family was able to bail him out on 500,000 dollar bond. Johnson, along with two others, were convicted of a 1995 double murder at a used car lot. The state vacated Johnson’s sentence after  new fingerprint evidence was introduced. However, Johnson could still be retried […]

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    Bicyclist killed in truck crash in Roscoe Village

    CHICAGO — A female bicyclist, believed to bein her 30’s, is dead after a collision with a truck in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood Monday morning. It happened at about 8:18 a.m. at Damen and Addison. Witnesses tell WGN a truck was turning from Damen to Addison and the bicyclist was heading same direction. They say the light was green. Witnesses also say “it was just an accident.” Police say the truck driver who hit the bicyclist stayed at the scene and cooperated with […]

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    Man shot in the head while walking with family on Michigan Ave.

    UPDATE: The 54-year-old man who was shot on Saturday night near Chicago’s Millennium Park has died. Read more: CHICAGO — A 54-year-old man was walking with his family near Millennium Park Saturday night when he was shot in the head. The family of Peter Fabbri said now he’s brain dead and on life support. His sister Shelly said a group of people – some of them on bikes – approached the family as they were walking down Michigan Avenue. […]

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    Police shooting sparks violent protests in Charlotte; officials not releasing video

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After violent protests raged for the second night in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man, the city’s police chief told reporters Thursday he has no intention of releasing dashcam video of Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting “to the masses.” Asked whether there was a time at which the public could expect to see it, Chief Kerr Putney said there should be no such expectation. “Transparency’s in the eye of the beholder,” he said. “If you […]

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    Enhanced security in place for Chicago Bears home games

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears’ home opener at Soldier Field is on Monday Night Football, and fans will be greeted with enhanced security measures. Everyone attending the game will first walk through metal detectors, before having their carry-on items searched. This policy was in place during the two preseason games, and it will remain for every home game this season. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff for all games, and fans are advised to show up early. There are several […]

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    1 dead, 1 injured in Gold Coast shooting

    CHICAGO — Four people were shot and killed in just four hours Sunday morning. More than a dozen others were wounded over the weekend. At about 4 a.m. Sunday, a man was killed and another man was wounded when someone walked out of a gyros restaurant in the 100 block of West Division Street and opened fire. The gunman then hopped into an SUV and drove away. The name of the 20-year-old who was killed has not been released. A police source tells WGN […]

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    Explosion rocks New York City, second device found

    NEW YORK — New York City police are looking for more suspicious devices after an explosion rocked Manhattan. The blast went off in a dumpster around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on 23rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Investigators are analyzing surveillance video, which reportedly shows a possible suspect. Police are urging anyone with information to call their tip line. 29 people were hurt in the explosion, but most of their injuries are minor. A second device was found near the […]

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    Burned body found in South Austin alley

    CHICAGO — Chicago police found a burned body in an alley in the South Austin neighborhood. Police and fire crews headed to the 5500 block of W. Cortez early this morning to investigate a garbage fire.  But when they arrived, they found the body. Police have not released any information on the gender or age of the body. The investigation is continuing.