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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.


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    More Chicago vigils, memorials to honor Orlando victims

    CHICAGO — More services are coming tonight in Chicago to remember the victims in Orlando. A vigil is set again for tonight at 7 p.m. at the Center on Halsted. At Halsted and Roscoe, there is a growing memorial to the victims. It started off with just this sign yesterday afternoon.  But it has grown over the last 24 hours, and now there are flowers, candles, and messages aimed at love and hope. Some just take a moment to themselves, others take time to […]

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    Vigils held in Chicago in support of Orlando; Victim’s cousin speaks out

    CHICAGO — A cousin of a victim of the Orlando mass shooting lives in Chicago and is talking about the horrible loss he and other families are going through. David Sotomayor is just beginning to understand what it means.  His cousin Edward Sotomayor was killed at the club. “It’s just sad because he was such an amazing happy sprit person,” David said. “It’s kind of crazy and unbelievable.” He plans to head to Orlando for his funeral. People in Chicago […]

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    Chicagoans react to deadly Orlando terror attack

    CHICAGO — Reaction to the deadly shooting in Florida is pouring in around Chicago. Two vigils are planned for tonight, one at Balmoral and Clark St. at 7:45, the other will be in Boystown at 7 p.m. at Halsted and Roscoe. Despite the attack in Orlando, the Midsommarfest going on in Andersonville is still very well attended. However, many say it is a different mood this year compared years past. Many people saying they felt compelled to come to the […]

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    Teachers union plans next moves as CPS woes continue

    CHICAGO — Chicago Teachers Union members met today to discuss some of their next moves to help move more money into Chicago Public Schools. They say more cuts are unacceptable. At the National Teachers Academy at 55th and Cermak, union members said the governor and the mayor have done little to stop what could be massive cuts to Chicago classrooms. They chanted, they cheered. But more importantly, CTU members came with a plan. It was a plan they have pitched […]

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    5-year-old girl wounded in South Side shooting

    CHICAGO – A girl was wounded in a shooting in city’s Chicago Lawn neighborhood Friday night. Police say 5-year-old Elysia Watson was at a graduation party in the 6800 block of S. Artesian.  Witnesses say a man approached the party and open fired around 8 p.m. The girl was struck in the foot.  Her father says it is a graze wound and she is expected to be okay. A 34-year-old women was also hit in the ankle close to where Watson […]

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    CPS students hold rally to protest budget cuts

    CHICAGO — CPS students walked out of school earlier, boarded buses and headed downtown to demand the state and city start funding schools The numbers were into the hundreds and many schools from all over e district were involved.  They want to make sure those in power understand who they are hurting in this budget fight. Nats More schools joining in the rally at Thompson Center. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/EQYMCJZ80g — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) June 10, 2016 As it stands now without […]

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    Neighbors concerned about noise from planned Wrigley plaza

    CHICAGO — The Cubs met neighbors and city leaders Tuesday as the organization laid out plans for the area surrounding the stadium. The main topic of conversation was the Cubs Plaza just west of the stadium. The Cubs applied for a patio liquor license for the area, which is not exactly what they want but feel they could make work. That may not be their vision, but the license they applied for would allow them to operate 365 days a year, […]

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    Gary robbery caught on camera

    Transit Police say the 50-year-old victim was waiting for a train around 4:30 a.m. on June 6 when a man approached with a gun. It was all captured on camera in the video. You can see the suspect come up to the victim who takes off running. The suspect chases him, but what you don’t see in the video is the victim getting hit in the head with the gun, being kicked, and also being robbed before the suspect took […]

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    Indiana judge at center of Trump controversy

    HAMMOND, Ind. — The judge who has been at the receiving end of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s endless attacks was born just across the border in East Chicago. The federal judge is deciding the Trump University class action lawsuit and Trump has been saying he cant get a fair shake because the judge’s parents were from Mexico. Federal judge Gonzalo Curiel is presiding over the suit in Southern California. He has experience as a prosecutor and a state judge […]

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    Muhammad Ali remembered by his son-in-law

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Mike Joyce has some great stories to tell, from the first time he met Muhammad Ali to the time he and his family got to say goodbye, “You know what, he was always funny, he was always in a good mood, he loved kids and he was just a jokester.” Joyce was a Chicago boxer when he first met Ali back in the 80’s. He’d just finished training, “I’m in boxing gear because we were coming down […]