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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    Uber driver finds wallet with $3K, goes great lengths to return it

    CHICAGO — When an Uber driver noticed a wallet left behind in his car, he knew what he had do — he just wasn’t sure how to do it. The passenger, who didn’t speak english, had his life’s savings in that wallet, but neither could figure out how to connect. The man had just landed at O’Hare. He moved to Chicago about a year ago after selling his business in Ukraine. His sister had ordered the Uber for him and he […]

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    6-year-old shot in stomach released from hospital, returns home

    CHICAGO —  A 6-year-old girl is back home with her family after she was shot last week in the stomach as gangs exchanged gun fire on her Englewood block. Tacarra Morgan was with her family on her front porch near 60th and Paulina last Tuesday, when a white SUV and two other vehicles passed by and someone in the SUV fired shots at a group of people on the sidewalk. Tacarra was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. She […]

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    CTA bus hits mother, 3 children on Chicago’s North Side

    CHICAGO — A CTA bus struck a mother and her three children on the city’s North Side. The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday in the 3600 block of North Halsted in Lakeview. The CTA bus was making a turn when it hit them. The Chicago Fire Department says a 2-month-old, 2-year-old and 6-year-old were all transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition. The mother refused treatment at the scene, officials said. This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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    Swim ban lifted at Chicago-area beaches

    CHICAGO — Most, but not all, beaches in the Chicago area are now open for swimming after an earlier ban. A swim ban was put in place for all beaches earlier today after heavy rain last night forced the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to open the lock at Wilmette and the Chicago River. The opening of the locks meant all beaches were given a swim ban due to high levels of bacteria. Tests are being conducted to determine if the […]

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    10 injured in Bishop Ford rollover

    CHICAGO – A rollover accident this morning sent 10 people to the hospital. The SUV was on the Bishop Ford when the driver lost control. The Illinois State Police say 10 people were in that SUV; all are expected to be OK. It was around 6:30 a.m. when the driver lost control and the vehicle rammed through a fence, hit the curb and flipped up on its roof. More than a half-dozen ambulances were needed to get the 10 people […]

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    Illinois Gov. Rauner apologizes for calling teachers illiterate in 2011 email

    CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has apologized for a 2011 email in which he characterized Chicago Public Schools teachers as “virtually illiterate” and principals as “incompetent.” The Republican governor told reporters Friday that the comments were “inaccurate,” ”intemperate,” and he apologized to teachers. But he added that the pace of change in the nation’s third-largest school district was too slow. His remarks — made before he was governor — were revealed Thursday in emails Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration released […]

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    Dangerous heat wave hits Chicago area

    CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has upgraded the Chicago area Excessive Heat Watch to an Excessive Heat Warning (pink-shaded area on the highlighted map below depicting forecast peak daytime heat indexes 105 to 115-degrees) Thursday and Friday across the Illinois portion of the Chicago area. The northwest Indiana portion of the Chicago area Is under an Excessive heat Advisory (orange-shaded area on the highlighted map above depicting daytime peak heat indexes 103-108-degrees) Thursday and Friday. Warnings and Advisories could be extended […]

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    2 killed in wrong-way crash in Rolling Meadows

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Two people were killed, and one injured, in a wrong-way crash in Rolling Meadows. It crash happened just after 4 a.m. Tuesday on Route 53, near Eucild Avenue. Police say a driver was heading south in the northbound lanes of Route 53, and plowed into two other vehicles. No details have been released about the victims. All lanes on Route 53 are back open. An investigation is underway.

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    Baton Rouge shooter was clearly targeting police

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonsdson says the gunman who shot six police officers in Baton Rouge clearly targeted law enforcement, carrying two riles and a 9 mm handgun in Sunday’s ambush. Edmonson showed overhead maps of the area to explain how Gavin Long snuck up behind police officers and shot them at close range. He says another deputy had spotted the gunman’s car and was about to run his license plate when the gunman shot the deputy […]

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    Passengers from Turkey arrive safely in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Just hours before Turkey turned into chaos, a flight from Istanbul took off en route to Chicago’s O’Hare airport. The flight arrived safely but the mood on board was tense as passengers watched the coup unfold from their seats. It was also tense inside O’Hare as families awaited the arrival of loved ones. WGN’s Erik Runge has more.