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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    Preparations begin for 2016 NFL Draft Town in Chicago

    CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, Chicago is gearing up to host the NFL Draft. Crews are already building the popular, “Draft Town” in Grant Park. The 2016 NFL Draft will take place in Chicago from April 28th through the 30th. More than 200,000 people checked out “Draft Town” last year. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds motorists and residents in the Grant Park area to expect traffic issues. Some street closures are already […]

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    CTU rejects latest contract offer, threatens strike

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers’ Union held a news conference Monday to discuss the district’s latest contract proposal and a possible strike. CTU President Karen Lewis said the contract does not benefit teachers. The CTU rejected an independent fact-finder’s recommendation aimed at resolving the contract dispute with Chicago Public Schools. Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool also held a news conference today urging teachers to concentrate on reaching a final deal rather than starting the clock on a possible strike. A strike could […]

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    Teachers Union rejects fact-finding report, starting clock on potential strike

    CHICAGO — The clock has started on a potential Chicago teachers strike. The Chicago Teachers Union rejected the findings of the independent fact finder after his proposal was similar to the one the teachers union rejected back in January. By law CTU must wait 30 days after rejecting the fact finder’s report, then give CPS a 10-day notice before going out on strike. CPS CEO talking about independent fact finder proposal for CTU contact. CTU rejected it. @WGNNews — Erik Runge […]

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    Man convicted in 1957 murder of 7-year-old freed

    SYCAMORE, Ill. — After spending nearly five years in prison for murder, Jack McClough is now a free man. 76-year-old McClough was convicted in 2012 of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore in 1957. The judge tossed out his murder conviction after Richard Schmack, the new DeKalb County State’s Attorney, reviewed his case and concluded there was overwhelming evidence McClough was in Rockford at the time of the kidnapping and therefore was not guilty of murder. McClough was arrested in 2011 […]

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    Alderman says leave urban coyotes alone, let them take care of the rats

    CHICAGO —  Instead of trying to control urban coyotes a Chicago alderman wants them to help with the city’s rat problem. The proposal still has a ways to go before it would be implemented. Coyote sighting are fairly common in the Chicago area and Animal Control has been called numerous times to deal with them. But Alderman Brian Hopkins wants Chicago to have a hands off approach to urban coyotes and allow them to help the city.  He says he […]

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    Former prison priest sentenced

    CHICAGO — A former prison priest who admitted to passing messages of a convicted mob hit man was sentenced today in federal court. Federal prosecutors wanted Father Eugene Klein to do five years, but the judge gave him three years supervised probation, the first six months on house arrest Father Klein was serving as a prison chaplain when Frank Calabrese Jr. was serving a life sentence in Springfield, Missouri.  Calabrese had slipped the chaplain a note about what he thought was […]

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    City Council votes unanimously to approve Eddie Johnson as new CPD superintendent

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council has voted unanimously to approve Eddie Johnson as the new police superintendent. The vote on Wednesday confirming Johnson as the next top cop was 50-0. Eddie Johnson new cpd superintendent. Vote 50-0 @WGNNews — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) April 13, 2016 On Tuesday, Johnson faced questions by the public safety committee. Aldermen asked him about his plans to fight Chicago’s growing gang problem, morale among the ranks, and a staffing shortage on the streets. The committee […]

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    3 years and several states later, family reunited with dog

    AURORA, Ill. – After many, many days and many, many miles an Aurora family was reunited with their dog earlier this week. 7-year-old Miley went missing three years ago after Janie Rosas’s boyfriend let her outside, then fell asleep.  When he woke up the backyard was empty. Janie’s mom Elida Rosas who actually owns the dogs thinks she knows what happened. “Somebody kidnapped her,” she says. “They stole my baby.” For weeks they searched the neighborhood.  They put up flyers […]

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    Fan sues Blackhawks, United Center after man falls on him during game

    CHICAGO —  According to a TMZ report a Blackhawks fan is suing the team and the United Center after a drunken encounter with a fan behind him at a game last year. That fan apparently got so drunk he fell on the people in front of him causing injuries. According to TMZ, the man suing says he had warned people at the United Center that the other fan had way too much to drink but he says they did nothing. […]

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    11 students recovering after pepper spray goes off at North Side school

    CHICAGO — 11 8th graders took an unplanned trip to the emergency room this afternoon after a student’s pepper spray went off in class. Firefighters were called to Budlong Elementary School on Chicago’s North Side around 2 p.m. A student tells WGN the pepper spray went off in a backpack in a classroom and no one was hit directly. Firefighters say some students were having trouble breathing because of the burning sensation so they walked to the ER of a […]


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