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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    Forest Park police officer fatally shoots hit-and-run suspect

    FOREST PARK, Ill. — A Forest Park police officer shot and killed a man driving a car Saturday night near Harlem and Jackson. Police say it happened at about 6:15 p.m. along the border with Oak Park. The man was driving a car reported stolen in Glendale Heights and suspected to be involved in a hit-and-run accident in Chicago. The officer spotted the car and attempted to stop it. According to a statement released by Deputy Police Chief Michael Keating, […]

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    West Dundee man killed in construction accident at outdoor mall

    GENEVA, Ill. – A construction worker was killed this afternoon in an accident at a suburban outdoor shopping mall. 47-year-old Donald J. Tentler of West Dundee died at the Geneva Commons Crews responded mall at  602 Commons Dr, Geneva, IL just before noon. Firefighters found two construction workers at the top of the bell tower off of Randall Road. One of the workers was conscious and the other unconscious and unresponsive, fire department officials said. “After initial contact with the construction crew, […]

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    Willis Tower to get $500 million renovation

    CHICAGO — A makeover is in the works for Willis Tower. The $500 million upgrade will completely change the building from the street level. A three-story structure will wrap around the base, offering retail, dining and entertainment, plus an outdoor deck and garden. City officials say the project will create 2,500 jobs and breathe new life into the building. It’s expected to be complete in 2019.

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    Protesters, lawyers return to O’Hare in response to travel ban

    CHICAGO — Attorneys are still stationed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport ready to help anyone having problems getting into the country legally. Those attorneys say people are still being pulled aside before entering the country for additional screening by border agents. Dozens of attorneys are at the airport offering free legal help to families are still camped out at O’Hare.  But they admit there is little they can do until homeland security clears people to enter the country. Attorneys say passengers […]

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    Immigration protests expected to continue for 3rd day at O’Hare

    CHICAGO — Lawyers are camped out at O’Hare Airport, offering free legal help to anyone affected by President Trump’s travel ban. More than 50 people were detained at O’Hare this weekend after President Trump signed an Executive Order on immigration Friday. It suspended the entry of all refugees into the United States for 120 days, and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely. It also blocked the entry of citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, for 90 days. A federal judge issued an emergency […]

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    Violent beating on school bus posted to social media, authorities investigating

    LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — School authorities in Lincolnshire are investigating a school bus beating that was uploaded to social media. Police say the attacker and the person taking the video planned the assault ahead of time and then posted it to Facebook. The video starts off with showing a 15-year-old girl outside the bus Monday afternoon at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. When the victim gets on  the bus and heads to the back, a 16-year-old throws water in her face and […]

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    Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago in anti-Trump protest

    CHICAGO – Demonstrators in two separate protests are marching through the streets of downtown Chicago. 200 demonstrators or so getting set to March through downtown Chicago fighting against cuts to ACA and Trump's pick for HHS. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/u1VSGSNiHc — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) January 24, 2017 Protesters gathered at the Federal Building near Jackson and Dearborn around 3:30 p.m. then began marching through the Loop.  They will march to Goldman Sachs on Wacker Drive. Rally through downtown Chicago @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/4ZQZ09ziVB — Erik […]

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    Police say $20 piece of equipment saved man’s life after hit-and-run

    FOREST PARK — Police are trying to find the driver of a black Chevy Camaro who they say didn’t even slow down before hitting, and nearly killing, a Chicago man Sunday night. A 46-year-old carrying groceries bought at a nearby Walmart was walking across the street when he got hit by the car. And although he lost his leg in the accident, police say a $20 piece of equipment officers carry may have saved his life. WGN’s Erik Runge has more.  

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    Over 30 people shot, 4 killed in 25 hours during violent weekend

    CHICAGO — More than 30 people were shot, three fatally, and one person was fatally stabbed between Saturday and Sunday afternoon during a violent weekend in Chicago. The latest shooting happened just after noon Sunday outside a convenience store at 63rd and Honore in the Englewood neighborhood. Police are still in the early stages of their investigation, but the owner of the store said three people were shot, although police are saying four. Surveillance cameras captured part of the shooting, and at least two […]

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    Trump signs executive order to roll back Obamacare

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday night signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of his most impassioned campaign promises: Rolling back Obamacare. The executive order signed in the Oval Office is designed “to ease the burden of Obamacare as we transition from repeal and replace,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. Spicer did not respond when asked for further details. In addition to the presidential action on Obamacare, White House Chief of Staff […]