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.

Recent Articles
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    Protesters rip lights off City of Chicago Christmas tree

    CHICAGO — Protests in Chicago over the Laquan McDonald shooting escalated Wednesday night with some demonstrators pulling down barricades and others ripping the lights off the city Christmas tree in Millennium Park. WGN’s Erik Runge reports that he saw four arrests throughout Wednesday night. Below is an archived live blog of Wednesday night’s protests as they happened:

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    No bail for Chicago cop charged in Laquan McDonald’s murder

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer is being held without bail in the fatal shooting of a teenager. Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was shot 16 times on Oct. 20. Charges were announced Tuesday as the city prepared to release a squad-car video of the shooting. Van Dyke requested protected custody and is now incarcerated in the Cermak hospital building. If convicted of first degree murder, Van Dyke faces a sentence […]

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    Chicago Teachers Union rallies downtown Monday night

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union is holding a rally downtown Monday night. The union is hoping to send a message to the city about stalled contract talks, while massive layoffs and funding cuts lie ahead. Without help from a gridlocked Springfield, a full strike may be next.

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    More than a foot of snow in the NW Suburbs

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — The far Northwest Suburbs were among the hardest hit areas by our November snow storm. In Woodstock, some residents got as many as 16 inches of snow, which lead  to numerous rounds with the shovel on Saturday morning and afternoon. The heavy snowfall also lead to dangerous conditions on the roads, where a number of cars were seen spinning out on area highways.

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    Misread meter leads to eye-popping bill

    CHICAGO — Gas bills tend to jump when it gets cold, but one Chicago family saw its gas bill increase by almost $1000 and after warmer than normal autumn temperatures. Peoples Gas says it’s trying to figure out exactly what happened. It appears that the The Acostas’ meter wasn’t working and Peoples Gas was estimating how much the family owed- It’s after a technician finally came into the home to fix the meter that the bill hit close $2000. The […]

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    Police respond to suspicious luggage found at O’Hare

    CHICAGO — Chicago police were on the scene at O’Hare Airport after a suspicious bag was found. According to a spokesperson at O’Hare, the police were responding to an incident at Terminal 3. O’Hare later said that police had “cleared” the bag in question. .@Chicago_Police has cleared the bag in question in Terminal 3. All lanes of traffic will be opened and everything is clear. — O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) November 17, 2015  

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    About 2 dozen CPS students return safely from Paris

    CHICAGO — About two dozen Chicago public school kids made it back safely from Paris after being there over the weekend. The students were part of an exchange program with students in Paris at the Chicago high school for agricultural sciences. The children were staying not too far from where one of the attacks took place. But they were all safe in their hotel rooms. Over the weekend chaperones took students three or four at a time to eat because […]

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    Attacks leave Chicago area travelers concerned

    CHICAGO – The attacks in Paris came as a shock for people arriving from France into Chicago Friday night. Travelers arriving into O’Hare from Paris learned about the deadly attacks once they landed. Additionally,    two dozen students and teachers from a Chicago high school are in Paris and are safe. 22 students and five teachers from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences arrived earlier today for an exchange program. The school’s principal tells WGN News that all of the […]

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    Man kidnapped, taken for cash on Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are searching for suspects who kidnapped a man on the Northwest Side and demanded he withdrawl cash from several ATMs. Police say a 65-year-old Albany Park man with parking his car in the 4100 block of Elston on Tuesday around 1 a.m. when two men with guns approached him.  They told them to get back into his car. Police say the two suspects told the victim to drive.  He complied and gave up his ATM card […]

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    Investigation continues into boy’s fatal shooting; Funeral set

    CHICAGO – Police continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy on Chicago’s South Side. Sources tell WGN Tyshawn Lee may have been the intended target of the shooting.  The Chicago Tribune reports the boy’s gang affiliation may be to blame.  Still other police sources say Tyshawn may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever the reason, his mother Karla Lee lost her son.  She made an emotional plea at a short news conference […]


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