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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
  • More details released in NFL Draft plan for Chicago

      CHICAGO — In just 16 days, Chicago’s Grant Park will be filled with food, music and activities for kids of all ages when the NFL Draft comes to town. The NFL described the event as a three-ring circus. While the draft is going on in the Auditorium Theatre on Congress, people will be able to get a Super Bowl experience in the other two rings in what will become “Draft Town” in Grant Park. The events will be free […]

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    Photo lost in Fairdale tornado found 35 miles away, returned to grieving widower

    KIRKLAND, Ill. — As the cleanup continues, and the victims survey what they lost in last week’s devastating tornadoes, one family is getting a little something back. Clem Schultz lost his wife Geraldine in Thursday’s tornado, but on Monday, he got word that someone about 35 miles away found a photo the two had taken nearly 25 years ago. Shultz was making funeral arrangements for his wife Monday morning when the photo was returned. Exhausted, grieving and not sure what will happen […]

  • Rochelle continues into Sunday night with tornado cleanup

    WGN’s Erik Runge reports Sunday night from Rochelle, Ill., which continues to recover from a devastating tornado that ravaged the area last week.

  • Many blessings, little rest as Rochelle continues recovery

    ROCHELLE, Ill. — There was no rest this Sunday for those impacted by Thursday’s tornado in Rochelle, Illinois. Those who lost everything along with hundreds of volunteers were back at it Sunday. Many came together for a prayer service in nearby Kirkland Sunday evening. The prayers, along with the all the help people received, certainly helped — but normal is still a long way off. More than a thousand volunteers signed up with Operation Blessing over the weekend; the non-profit […]

  • Volunteers needed again Sunday in tornado-stricken Rochelle

    ROCHELLE, Ill. — Tornado victims in Rochelle need volunteers again Sunday. 600 volunteers showed up Saturday, rolling up their sleeves and getting to work helping victims cleanup and recover their belongings. They were shuttled into the hard hit Hickory Ridge and Cherry Hill subdivisions, where more than 40 homes are destroyed or damaged. Most of the volunteers didn’t know any of the storm victims. Governor Bruce Rauner declared DeKalb and Ogle counties as state disaster areas. Anyone who wants to […]

  • County sheriff loses house in tornado

    ROCHELLE, Ill — Some of the first responders and authorities working in tornado-damaged Illinois have lost their own homes. Roughly 30 homes were damaged in Rochelle. Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says his home was one of them. VanVickle has only been on the job for about four and a half months. He says his family has been out here for six generations and last night they lost just about everything but their lives. VanVickle’s home was destroyed in last […]

  • Opening statements begin in 2012 police shooting

    CHICAGO — For the first time in a little more than 15 years a Chicago police officer is on trial for his use of deadly force. A judge heard opening statements today, three years after off duty Chicago detective Donte Servin opened fire on a group of people killing one and injuring another. The case is also being drawn into of a national debate over police brutality. In this case Officer Servin, who is Hispanic, was off duty at the […]

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    Illinois State athletic staffers among 7 dead in plane crash

    MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. — A small plane crash in central Illinois killed at least seven people. The twin-engine Cessna was on its way back from Indianapolis when it hit heavy fog. It went down near the Bloomington airport early Tuesday morning. Illinois State University says its associate head basketball coach and a deputy athletic director are among the seven people who died. University President Larry Dietz confirmed Tuesday that assistant coach Torrey Ward and Aaron Leetch, the athletic department’s deputy director […]

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia

    Final day of campaigning for Chicago mayoral candidates

    CHICAGO — The candidates for Chicago mayor have a packed schedule today – the final day of campaigning before Election Day on Tuesday. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking a second term on Tuesday. He was unable to win the necessary majority in the February election, meaning he’s locked in a runoff with Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia. Emanuel and Garcia started the morning early looking to capture the votes of the undecided. Emanuel had breakfast at Ann Sathers with […]

  • Mayoral candidates making final push just days from election

    CHICAGO — The polls for early voting have closed for the upcoming Chicago mayoral election — but the candidates for mayor aren’t done campaigning, of course. As the polls closed on early voting, Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia continued to stump for any undecided voters out there. And they did it by surrounding themselves with friendly crowds. At a South Side community center, Emanuel was joined by different community organizations and Atlanta’s mayor who flew in to campaign for […]


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