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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    2 men shot by Illinois State Police in Chicago

    CHICAGO —  An Illinois State Trooper shot and wounded two men in the backseat of a taxi on the South Side. Authorities say one of the men pulled a gun and refused to drop it. The situation began Thursday around 8:30 p.m. A taxi driver claimed his passengers refused to pay. The man accused of having the gun was hit twice in the stomach, while the other man was shot in the toe. One person, a 23 year-old, was released from Stroger Hospital, and is in […]

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    Multiple tornadoes touch down in central Indiana; dozens injured

    INDIANAPOLIS –The National Weather Service says a single, long supercell thunderstorm that moved through Indiana produced six tornadoes. Forecasters say those six were among at least eight tornadoes that touched down in central Indiana on Wednesday. Damage includes roofs torn off buildings, smashed vehicles and power loss to thousands. Authorities say between 15 and 20 people suffered injuries but none were severe. The weather service says one tornado was an EF3 with 165 mph winds. GOP vice presidential candidate and Indiana […]

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    Search for earthquake survivors continues as death toll rises in Italy

    ROME — Italian authorities say that the death toll in an earthquake on Wednesday has risen to 159. The civil protection agency gave the updated figure shortly before midnight in Italy, some 20 hours after the earthquake struck. The tremors reduced three towns to rubble and sparked urgent search efforts. In the Italian village of Saletta, a tiny settlement of about 20 people, residents used their bare hands to ferret through the rubble of a two-story home in a desperate search […]

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    Fire kills 4 people, including 3 young sisters; police question person of interest

    CHICAGO — Police are questioning a person of interest in connection with a fire that killed four people, including three young sisters. The fire started early Tuesday morning in an apartment building in the 8100 block of South Essex Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood. A 36-year-old father jumped from a third-story window with his infant daughter in his arms. 3-month old Mellanie Watson later died at the hospital.  Her father is in critical condition. The girl’s sisters, Madison Watson, 4, […]

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    Mark Kirk on Iran payment: Obama acting like ‘drug dealer in chief’

    WASHINGTON — Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk criticized President Barack Obama for delivering money to the Iranian government in coordination with the release of Americans being held prisoner there — saying he was “acting like the drug dealer in chief.” The comments came in a sit-down last week with the editorial board of The State Journal-Register, according to the Illinois paper’s political writer. “We can’t have the president of the United States acting like the drug dealer in chief,” Kirk said. […]

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    Lochte apologies for lying about Rio incident: `I`m so sorry`

    ] RIO DE JANEIRO  — US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized Friday for his behavior with three of his teammates over the weekend at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, where police said at least one of the men vandalized the business and urinated on the premises. Lochte originally said that he and fellow swimmers James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were pulled over in their taxi and robbed at gunpoint early Sunday, but police deny a robbery took […]

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    Thousands flock to annual Bud Billiken Parade on Chicago’s South Side

    CHICAGO — The annual Bud Billiken Day Parade got underway Saturday morning in Bronzeville. Thousands of people gathered along the two-mile-long parade route that began at King Drive and Oakwood Avenue and traveled south on King Drive to 51st Street and ended in Washington Park. One of the parade’s biggest groups was missing this year. The South Shore Drill Team pulled out of the parade this weekend because of a new rule. Each group is now limited to 100 people, but the drill […]

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    Ruling postponed on suburban school district’s transgender bathroom case

    A federal judge is holding off on making a decision on the issue involving transgender students in the northwest suburbs. Last year, a transgender student in District 211 based in Palatine complained she was denied access to the women’s locker rooms and bathrooms. That led to a settlement with the student that granted her access. But some families are fighting the decision. Both sides argued their case in court today. The district added a handful of privacy stalls in changing […]

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    Protests after Gov. Rauner’s veto of automatic voter registration bill

    CHICAGO — There’s an outcry of protests today against Governor Rauner’s veto on Friday of the automatic voter registration bill. The group who met at the Cook County Clerk’s office Monday says they will do everything they can to have the bill passed and try and override the governor’s veto. The legislation had overwhelming support in the General Assembly. It would have allowed visitors to a handful of Illinois government agencies to be automatically registered to vote unless they opted […]

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    Milwaukee reeling after deadly police shooting

    MILWAUKEE — The deadly shooting of an armed man by Milwaukee police stirred anger, fear and disbelief as authorities worked to restore calm after a night of violent protest. Peaceful demonstrations Saturday on the city’s north side over the death of 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith turned violent as the evening progressed, Mayor Tom Barrett said at a news conference Sunday. Protesters burned six businesses, including a gas station, and threw rocks at police, leaving four officers injured, seven police vehicles […]