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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    64-year-old man shot and killed on Southwest Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for the person who killed the owner of a Southwest Side trucking firm. Officers found the body of 64-year-old Louis Pena inside his office trailer at the Pena Trucking Yard in the 4200 block of S. Keating. They say he’d been shot twice in the head. Employees say he was a well-liked boss and they don’t know who may have wanted to hurt him.

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    More than 60 shot, 11 killed over holiday weekend in Chicago

    CHICAGO — More than 60 people were shot over the holiday weekend, 11 of them fatally. One of the most recent shootings left two teenage girls injured, one critically. It happened just after 11:30 p.m. Monday outside of Leland Giants Park. The 14-year-old was with a 13-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy in a van. The 13-year-old’s father had just left the van to speak with someone in a nearby house when two people came up and fired shots into the vehicle. While […]

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    Three children killed in Gary apartment fire

    GARY, Ind. – The investigation continues in an apartment fire that killed three young children in Gary, Indiana. Firefighters say they were called to the apartment complex in the 4400 block of W. 23rd Court just before 11:30 p.m. When they arrived, they encountered heavy smoke leading from the first floor to the second floor of one unit. The fire department made an initial attack and conducted a primary search, that’s when they found the bodies of the three children. The […]

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    Thieves targeting delivery trucks to steal packages as Christmas approaches

    CHICAGO — The closer we get to the Christmas the more delivery truck drivers are getting held up, including five robberies since the end of November, according to police. Four men held up a FedEx driver, taking their personal items and making off with the truck, around 7 p.m. Monday. The truck was later found abandoned in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, although the robbers apparently made off with several packages. The driver was not injured. Community activists spent Tuesday afternoon handing […]

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    Rescuers suspend search for survivors in car sunk in cold waters of Lynwood pond

    LYNWOOD — Divers and rescue workers searched for survivors in a car sunk into the near-freezing waters of a retention pond in Lynwood Sunday afternoon. According to the Lynwood Fire Department, they received a call at 12:35 p.m. Sunday that a car went into the pond and there may have been two people inside. Divers and rescue workers worked for around five hours to see if there were any passengers in the vehicle, but lack of visibility in the deep […]

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    Commuters and sports fans bear with snow and freezing temps in Chicagoland

    CHICAGO — Bears fans had to endure two indignities today at Soldier Field. They got beat by the Packers, and they had freezing temperatures to deal with. Both Bears and Packers fans came to soldier in several layers of clothing, most telling WGN that it wasn’t enough to shield them from the below freezing temperatures. In northwest Indiana, which received the highest snow totals of over 9 in. overnight, rapid snowfall combined with drifting snow made snow removal difficult. During a rough patch from 6 […]

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    Late arriving snow in Chicagoland Saturday night

    LAKE COUNTY, Ill. — Light snow moved into parts of Chicagoland late Saturday night, leaving a thin covering on the ground. This is the third weekend in a row hit by snow in Chicago. And while it will likely be snowfree by Sunday sunrise, we may be facing worse weather to close out the weekend. Subzero temperatures are entering the area along with frigid winds. Get more at

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    Man with disabilities killed in shooting on Southwest Side

    CHICAGO — A man with disabilities was killed on his way home from work this afternoon on the South Side. The alderman for Brighton Park, Ray Lopez, tells WGN News says the man was hit after a several people opened fire on a group of suspected gang members that left a second man dead and two wounded. Of the two, one is listed in critical condition the other in serious condition. The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. near 43rd and […]

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    Tiger Woods to be lead designer for Chicago golf project: report

    CHICAGO — Tiger Woods has agreed to be the lead golf course designer for a $30 million project on the South Side of Chicago that would give the area championship facilities with hopes of attracting a top-level PGA Tour event. The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that the renovation of Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses would include an 18-hole championship course, and either a short course or a par 3 course. A spokesman for Woods says nothing has been announced, but […]

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    Despite long line, Cubs fans fill City Hall to see Commissioner’s Trophy

    CHICAGO — The Cubs championship trophy tour is continuing Thursday. You can get a picture with the trophy at the lobby at City Hall until 4 p.m. The first fan arrived at 6 a.m. and a steady steam has been arriving since then. City Hall workers set up ropes to snake the lines up and down the hallway so people wouldn’t have to wait outside in the cold. For more details visit