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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.


Recent Articles
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    ‘Person of interest’ in custody following East Side barricade situation

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a person of interest is in custody after shots were fired at officers on the Far South Side early Sunday. The SWAT team was called to a hostage barricade situation in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood. Police say someone fired shots at an officer near the 10300 block of South Avenue N in the East Side neighborhood at 3:38 a.m. The officer was not injured and police did not return fire, but the suspects reportedly fled into nearby […]

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    Protesters descend on Taste of Chicago, Grant Park

    CHICAGO — Ahead of the planned protest at the Taste of Chicago, about 200 Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched from the Willis Tower to Daley Plaza. They chanted and spoke about police brutality and getting guns off the street. There was also a plan to try and “shut down” the Taste of Chicago around 4 p.m. today. Early on, Chicago police closed some of the entrance gates, trying to slow down the flow of protesters. They were eventually allowed in after […]

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    New Ellis Park Field House opens in Bronzeville

    CHICAGO — Building a strong community helps keep a community safe. This morning the Chicago Parks District opened the arts and recreation center at Ellis Park in Bronzeville. The center comes with services that are in high demand in the neighborhood. The 32,000 square foot facility has an indoor pool — the first in a long time on the South Side — a basketball court, a fitness center and planned park district activities for kids and adults. In addition to […]

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    Chicago police, communities come together in the name of peace

    CHICAGO — Tonight police and the communities they serve are getting together to talk and see each other somewhere other than a crime scene. The Salem Nights festival in the Pullman neighborhood was already planned but it certainly took on a whole new meaning after the events of this week and last night in Dallas. Tonight was supposed to be about fun and coming together as a community, but it’s also about the community coming together with police. Just a little […]

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    Body of elderly man discovered in suburban retention pond

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Downers Grove police are trying to figure out the identity of elderly man  found dead in a retention pond this morning. The body was discovered around 9:30 a.m. at a pond on the grounds of Oak Trace, a senior living facility in Downers Grove. A source tells WGN the man was a resident at the facility. A spokesperson for Oak Trace says it is cooperating with police during the investigation. The coroner is working to figure […]

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    Special prosecutor to investigate officers present during Laquan McDonald shooting

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Chicago police officers, other than Jason Van Dyke, who were present during the Laquan McDonald shooting. McDonald was shot 16 times in October 2014. Several months ago, a group of attorneys filed a request for the investigation on behalf of a coalition of leaders and community groups. On Friday, Judge Vincent Gaughan ruled in their favor. “This could not be more important,” said Locke Bowman, one of the […]

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    Man robbed in Bucktown; Police seek 4 suspects

    CHICAGO — Police are searching for four suspects who fired several gunshots during a robbery in Bucktown just after midnight. The 40-year-old victim is visiting Chicago from Northern Ireland and was walking to his air B and B apartment from a nearby bar when he was attacked in the the 1700 block of North Hoyne Avenue. The victim was not injured. The suspects took his phone and wallet.

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    2 teens shot in Belmont Cragin neighborhood

    CHICAGO — A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot in the back multiple times just after midnight Thursday morning. The teen and a 19-year-old woman were shot on the street near the 5300 block of West Belden in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. The woman was admitted to Community Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Witnesses say a number of shots were fired and police were on the scene for several hours collecting evidence. The boy […]

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    Lawmakers push for budget deal ahead of Friday deadline

    SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers returned to the Illinois capitol Wednesday to try and find common ground on a stopgap budget bill ahead of Friday’s deadline. Governor Rauner and legislative leaders are meeting behind closed doors once again after both sides said they made progress Tuesday. They have already found common ground on social services, road projects and public safety measures. School funding is one of the major points of disagreement so far.  The governor is proposing about $220 million for schools, while […]

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    Showdown over school funding continues in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Three days until the end of the fiscal year and still no budget. State bills are due and road construction is set to grind to a halt. Late today, the key players in Springfield met at the governor’s office. After more than two hours of talks, House Speaker Michael Madigan emerged. “It appears to be that everybody that’s in the negotiations is negotiating in good faith,” he told reporters.  “I’m optimistic we can settle a whole host of […]