Erik Runge
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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.

Recent Articles
  • Tent collapse in Wood Dale kills 1, injures many others

    WOOD DALE, Ill. — A burst of thunderstorm activity across the Chicago-area in mid-afternoon Sunday resulted in multiple injuries and a death at an event in west suburban Wood Dale, the collapse of a dome in northwest suburban Rosemont and the temporary evacuation of the music festival Lollapalooza in Grant Park downtown. One person was killed, three people were seriously injured, and 17-20 more were taken to area hospitals when a tent collapsed at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest near […]

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    Wrongfully convicted man killed after just 3 years of freedom

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — 40-year-old Alprentiss Nash and Kathleen Zellner, the attorney who helped free him from prison, were working on an upcoming federal civil rights case, but more recently he had sent her a text yesterday to check in. Nash was released in 2012 after a judge granted an appeal he wrote himself to have some DNA evidence tested. That evidence did not match and Nash was set free for the first time since 1995. Nash’s life ended yesterday […]

  • Crowd gathers in downtown Chicago to show support for Sandra Bland

    CHICAGO – A crowd gathered in downtown Chicago tonight to protest and raise awareness of Sandra Bland’s death. Bland was the Naperville woman who was pulled over, arrested and found dead in her Texas jail cell three days later.  The medical examiner says it was suicide. Her family and other supporters say that doesn’t add up. Waller County officials in Texas released additional video today from Bland’s arrest.  They say they released the video today because they wanted to dispel […]

  • How moms are helping Englewood stay safe

    CHICAGO — Anti-violence groups are celebrating small victories in and around the Englewood neighborhood. One group called “Moms Against Senseless Killings” is hoping to expand its reach. The moms involved in the group say there has been just one shooting in this area since they started about five weeks ago. The group walks blocks and meets with people.   Their goal is to create a family type atmosphere in the community.  They BBQ and sometimes just sit and talk with people. […]

  • 2 suspects shot during weapons investigation

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — Two suspects in an ongoing federal weapons investigation were shot after allegedly pulling a gun on agents Monday night.  Another suspect was arrested. The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. in the 400 block of W 15th St in Chicago Heights. It was a joint investigation with the ATF and CPD that involved illegal firearms. The ATF says during the investigation one of the suspects pointed a gun at agents and officers.  Officers and agents responded by […]

  • City debates tax breaks for Spike Lee’s ‘Chiraq’

    CHICAGO — The movie isn’t out yet, but many of Chicago’s elected officials are not fans of filmmaker Spike Lee’s latest, “Chiraq.” The movie is being made in Chicago, but the controversy started as soon as the title was announced. The term, “Chiraq,” has been used to compare the gun violence in Chicago to that of Iraq. On Monday, Chicago’s finance committee will debate whether the film should be granted up to $3 million in tax breaks. Filmmakers can apply […]

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    Woman killed in Hillside hotel

    HILLSIDE, Ill. — Police in the western suburb of Hillside aren’t sure if a shooting death at a hotel was an accident or not. They do have one person in custody and he’s related to the vicitm.  The two along with several other relatives were in town from Ohio for a family reunion. Police say there will likley be a decision made on charging the man they have in custody late tonight or tomorrow morning.  They do say he has […]

  • Police surround Berwyn house after man barricades himself inside

    BERWYN, Ill. — Police in Berwyn, Ill., have surrounded a house and a swat team is also at the scene. Inside is a man is refusing to come out. Police told WGN they believe it is just one person who has barricaded himself inside. The incident began at around noon. Police have surrounded the home trying to talk to the man. The home is on the corner of 18th and Clinton in Berwyn. Officers have moved in in full gear. […]

  • Teen dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan

    CHICAGO – A 17-year-old boy is dead after he was pulled from Lake Michigan on Friday evening. The boy’s family identified him as Eddie Horns. According to family he was celebrating his little sister’s 10th birthday when he decided to go for a swim. After struggling his family tried to keep him afloat, but were unsuccessful. The Chicago Fire Department says just before 8 p.m.  three dive teams were dispatched to the lake at 31st Street Beach after reports of a […]

  • Woman’s body found on Loop Brown Line platform

    CHICAGO — A woman was found dead on a Brown Line platform Saturday morning in the Loop, police said. CTA staffers called police about 7 a.m. when they saw the body of the victim on an L platform at 30 N. Wells St., police said. A medical examiner identified the woman as 21-year-old June Ward. The cause of her death was not immediately known and police said her body, which was lying down, showed signs of “possible trauma.’’ She was […]


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