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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
  • High waves, flooding partially close lanes on NB Lake Shore Drive

    A lakeshore flood advisory was lifted Saturday morning, after a night of massive waves on Lake Michigan. A section of Lake Shore Drive was shut down Friday afternoon, after more than 20-foot waves flooded the northbound lanes. At one point, southbound traffic was stopped too. The water began to recede Friday night. Winds were more than 70 miles-per-hour at the lakefront Friday night. Navy Pier cancelled its haunted barge, when it started to sink. A masquerade ball was also called […]

  • 3 taken to hospitals after fire at UIC College Prep

    Three students were rushed to Stroger Hospital this morning after a Halloween themed science experiment got out of hand at the UIC College Prep School. Deputy Fire Commissioner Mark Nielsen tells us two students suffered minor chemical burns on their faces. A third student experienced an irritation to her eyes. The experiment involved two household chemicals and a pumpkin.  Too much of one of the chemicals was added to the mix, creating a flash fire. Paramedics were called to the […]

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    Prosecutors free Alstory Simon in pivotal Illinois death penalty case

    A man was freed from prison Thursday after Cook County prosecutors threw out a double murder conviction that is linked to one of Illinois’ most pivotal death penalty cases. Alstory Simon confessed to killing two people on the South Side in 1982. His 11th hour confession in 1999 may have saved the life of Anthony Porter who had been convicted of the killings and sentenced to death. Porter was released from prison two days before his scheduled execution. Porter’s case […]

  • 19 charged in ‘card-cracking’ scheme

  • Off-duty Chicago officer shot in chest during robbery attempt

    A Chicago Police Officer remains in stable condition this morning after being shot in the chest during a robbery attempt. The three men police say are responsible for the shooting are still atlarge. The 41 year-old officer was leaving the President’s Lounge at 75th and Langley in the Park Manor neighborhood early Friday morning when three suspects approached him. The officer jumped into his BMW and sped-off. But, one of the suspects opened-fire and shot the officer in the upper […]

  • Suspect in Indiana murders in court today

    Darren Vann is expected in an Indiana courtroom this morning. 43-year-old  Vann is linked to seven murders, though he’s only been charged with one killing, that of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy whose body was discovered Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond. Authorities in Indiana are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two remaining Jane Does of the seven bodies found over the weekend. The Lake County, Ind coroner has released descriptions. The victim was found Oct 19 in […]

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    Bill Clinton campaigns for Gov. Quinn

    Former president Bill Clinton made an appearance in Chicago today on behalf of Senator Dick Durbin and Gov Pat Quinn. Clinton spoke at an event at a South Side manufacturing plant. In his speech he talked about the state’s future saying “a vote for Quinn is a vote for the future.” The arrival comes one day after Quinn and republican challenger Bruce Rauner debated for the final time. Rauner campaigned downstate today, and released a new ad touting endorsements from […]

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    3 more bodies found in Gary for a total of 7 victims; Sources say possible serial killer

    Police in Northwest Indiana are investigating a possible serial killer, sources say, after the bodies of seven women were found. Sources say the man in custody is talking and may be responsible for many murders over several years. He’s a 43-year-old man from Gary and a convicted sex offender in Austin, Texas. The Lake County coroner’s office confirms three more bodies have been located in abandoned homes in Gary.   That brings the total to seven female victims found since Saturday […]

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    Man accused of shooting 2 McHenry County deputies in court today

    Authorities have arrested a man suspected in the shooting of two McHenry County Sheriff deputies Thursday morning. The McHenry County Sheriff  apprehended 52-year old Scott Peters around 5 p.m in Crystal Lake several miles from his home. Peters has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Peters has a military background and had been on the run for over 15 hours. The incident began early Thursday morning when officers responded […]

  • Details on O’Hare’s Ebola prep

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