Erik Runge
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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
  • city hall

    Judge says Chicago pension overhaul unconstitutional

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge has ruled that a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two of Chicago’s pension funds is unconstitutional. Judge Rita Novak issued her written ruling on Friday. The overhaul approved by lawmakers sought to eliminate a $9.4 billion unfunded pension liability by cutting benefits and increasing contributions. It would affect about 61,000 city employees and retirees. A group of workers, retirees and their labor unions sued, saying the law violated a clause of […]

  • Footage of Sandra Bland’s arrest to be made public Tuesday

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas — Authorities in Texas have released a video covering the three hours before Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell. A transcript of the video released Monday by the Waller County sheriff’s department shows that for more than 90 minutes before the 28-year-old woman from Naperville, Illinois, was found dead, there was no movement in the hallway leading to her cell. Bland was arrested July 10 after officials said she became uncooperative during a traffic stop. […]

  • Family finds racists graffiti on shed of new home

    HAMMOND, Ind. – Police in Hammond, Ind. are investigating reports of racist graffiti painted on a shed of a home belonging to an African-American family. The family noticed the graffiti late last night.  They had moved in just a few days earlier and had only spent one night n their new home . The graffiti involved offensive language and a swastika. The landlord has since pained over the graffiti. Police are investigating.  

  • Weather stabilizes after powerful afternoon storms

    CHICAGO — The National Weather Service cancelled a Tornado Watch that had been issued for most of the Chicago area Saturday evening. A Flash Flood Warning is also in effect for McHenry and Lake counties until 10 p.m. Severe thunderstorms have developed southwest Wisconsin earlier Saturday. Those storms developed across the watch area through the afternoon, feeding on upper 70-to near 80-degree dew point air. Thunderstorms burdened the Chicago area during the mid-afternoon hours, with Cook and Lake Counties under […]

  • Three found dead on North Side, police investigate

    CHICAGO — Police are investigating the deaths of three people who were found inside a residence on the 4600 block of North Kostner Avenue. The medical examiner says the men are Roberto Cervantes, 38; Joel Cervantes, 29 and Jesus Cervantes, 72. Neighbors say the men were all related; a father and his two adult sons. Someone requested a well-being check at the residence Friday afternoon and police discovered the men’s bodies inside. All three were reportedly shot. Police are investigating […]

  • 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

    Gunman identified in Chattanooga shootings that killed 4 Marines

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A U.S. official says the gunman in the shootings in Tennessee has been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. He was believed to have been born in Kuwait, and it was unclear whether he was a U.S. or Kuwaiti citizen. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing, sensitive investigation. It was not immediately clear whether the gunman’s first name was spelled Muhammad or Mohammad. He is from Hixson, Tennessee, which is just a […]

  • Memorial honors toddler killed when struck by car fleeing police

    CHICAGO — Friends and family gathered Wednesday evening to honor the 13-month-old boy who was killed last weekend when a car trying to escape police struck him. Dillan Harris was hit Saturday when the person driving a car jumped the curb at 63rd and South Ellis and hit the stroller he was riding in. Police say 21-year-old Antowon Watkins was driving. He’s been charged with murder. Another man was arrested but has not been charged. Witnesses say they saw a […]

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    Illinois Senate approves temporary budget

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate has approved over the complaints of Republicans a one-month, temporary budget to keep state government operating. The $2.3 billion spending plan covers “essential” services such as police protection but adds payroll for all 64,500 state workers. The vote was 39-0 with 15 “present” votes. The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He opposes a temporary budget during a spending standoff between the governor and Democratic majorities in the General Assembly. Rauner’s office […]

  • Toddler killed in hit-and-run following South Side shooting

    CHICAGO – Friends, family and community activists are mourning the loss of 13-month-old Dillan Harris after he was hit and killed by a car in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Harris was in a stroller with his mother at a bus stop at 63rd and Ellis when a speeding car jumped the curb and ran over the stroller, killing him. Witnesses say the men inside the car jumped out of the car and ran off without looking to see […]

  • Man hospitalized after police involved shooting in Pullman neighborhood

    CHICAGO – A man was hospitalized Friday night after being shot by Chicago police  in the city’s Pullman neighborhood. Police pulled over a vehicle the man was riding in and when an officer approached, police say the man pointed a gun at them. In a statement police say the officer fired his gun and struck the man. The man was placed into custody and taken to the hospital. A weapon was recovered on the scene. Several witness told WGN they saw […]


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