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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    Tow company controversy on the North Side

    CHICAGO — A North Side family was recently involved in a controversy with a tow company that many would argue has a less-than-stellar reputation. The family said Lincoln Towing towed a car that hadn’t moved from its designated spot at their building since this past fall. The family says the only person that drives the car is the patriarch of the family and he’s been in the Philippines since September. His wife doesn’t have a license and his daughter doesn’t have keys. […]

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    Child abuse incident investigated at Hammond elementary school

    HAMMOND, Ind. — A couple from Hammond reported a case of child sexual abuse at Lafayette Elementary School. The couple says it happened January 7th. The parents say a gym teacher rubbed their 6-year-old son inappropriately in a school bathroom during gym class. They pulled the boy out of Lafayette the next day and transferred him to another school. Hammond police say they’ve questioned the boy 10 times, and his description of the encounter hasn’t changed. So far, no one […]

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    Residents near Roscoe Village on high alert after 2 armed robberies

    CHICAGO – Residents near Roscoe Village are urged to be on high alert following 2 robberies at gunpoint. The first happened at the 1900 block of W. School on January 26, at 8:54 p.m. in the city’s Town Hall neighborhood. Police say 3 men went up to a couple of people in the car, held them at gunpoint and forced them out of the car. The suspects then took off with the car. The second happened at the 6100 block […]

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    Alderman: Pine Grove shooting was couple testing gun

    CHICAGO — A report of shots fired that brought Chicago Police and SWAT teams  to the 2700 block of N. Pine Grove appears to have been a case of a man and woman test firing a gun. Alderman Tom Tunney posted an update on Facebook saying a man and woman were testing a gun on the roof of a building. Earlier witnesses were tweeting that there was a shooter on the roof of the building. Later Sunday the police department tweeted […]

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    Chicago firefighter orchestrates water donations to Flint

    CHICAGO — A  Chicago firefighter exceeded his own expectations this afternoon collecting thousands of gallons of water for the people of Flint, Michigan. The turnout out Saturday was incredible. Semi-trucks are already on their way to Flint, and one of the men behind the wheel is the man behind it all. For hours on Saturday,  car after car pulled up, popped the trunk and donated cases and cases of bottled water. The teamwork demonstrated the teamwork it takes to get through a crisis — even if that […]

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    Parents of Hadiya Pendleton hold vigil on 3 year anniversary of her death

    CHICAGO — Three years ago Friday 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was murdered, her death coming just days after performing at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony. Her parents remembered her and other victims of Chicago violence with a vigil on the anniversary of her death. There were no tears, instead, there were a lot of smiles and a lot of love. They gathered on a small piece of a south side sidewalk but we may as well been at church. “Mothers and fathers […]

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    Illinois Institute of Technology student beaten to death near campus

    CHICAGO– A man is being questioned in the beating death of a fellow Illinois Institute of Technology student. Police say an argument broke out early Thursday morning that got physical. The 36-year-old was getting set to graduate this spring, the school tells us he was well liked and right now– we don’t know what led up to the fight. The beating happened outside one of the campus buildings at IIT Police say Jermiron Morris, who went by Jay, was walking […]

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    Fox Lake residents react to Melodie Gliniewicz indictment

    FOX LAKE, Ill. – Fox Lake has been through a lot. First, a beloved Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was thought to be murdered, but a manhunt for three suspects came up empty. Then, word came he’d committed suicide and he’d been stealing from a youth program he was in charge of–spending thousands on lavish vacations, porn sites, and restaurants. Now, Lake County prosecutors say his wife Melodie Gliniewicz was in on it, and have charged her with several felonies. “We’ve […]

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    Surveillance video of Gary phone store shooting released

    GARY, Ind. — A security guard at the ABC cell phone store is shot and it’s unclear if he was targeted or not. Security video shows two people walked into the Gary store, made small talk, then one of them opened fire. The video shows the security guard reading the paper when the suspects walk in. The security guard took a shot to the chest and was rushed to Methodist Hospital where he is in serious condition. The incident happened […]

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    Nuns’ accusations against strip club too broad, says judge

    CHICAGO — A suburban strip club claimed a huge victory in court on Tuesday against a group of nuns and the city of Melrose Park. A judge in Chicago dismissed five of the seven complaints brought against it and even called some of the plaintiff’s arguments “silly.” In order for the case to move forward, the attorneys representing the nuns must be more specific as to why club Allure in Stone Park is a nuisance. The club opened in 2011 and […]


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