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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
  • Injured Megabus passengers finally arrive in Chicago – 14 hours after crash

    Dozens of Megabus riders finally made it back to Chicago after their bus rolled on its side early this morning in Indiana It took two buses and close to 14 hours to make the 200 mile trip from Greenwood Indiana to Chicago. Around 4:30 a.m., a bus originating out of Georgia crashed and rolled on to its side.  The Indiana State Police say the driver was trying to avoid a car that had slammed into a the median guard wires. […]

  • 3 killed in small plane crash in Palos Hills identified

    Investigators are trying to determine what caused a small plane to crash just after takeoff from Midway Sunday night that killed three doctors from Kansas. The plane crashed around 10:30 p.m. in Palos Hills. The twin engine beachcraft had refueled at midway and was headed back to Kansas. The three people on board were all killed. The pilot was identified as Dr  Tausif Rehman. Also on board, was a married couple who were also doctors, Ali Kanchwala and Maria Javais. The […]

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    Thousands compete in 37th annual Chicago Marathon

    45,000 runners and countless more spectators filled the city streets today for the 37th annual Chicago Marathon. Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo won Chicago Marathon in the men and women category. Following Kipchoge was Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba also from Kenya. The event is expected to bring in about 254 million dollars to the local economy.

  • City leaders, Cub owners officially break ground on Wrigley Field renovations

    For the first time in a long time, Wrigley Field was open in October, sadly–it wasn’t to play baseball at the 100 year old stadium. After months of negotiations with the city, rooftop owners and people who live in Wrigleyville, Cubs owner and CEO Tom Ricketts, joined city leaders and the commissioner of baseball Bud Selig in a ceremonial groundbreaking. Over the next four years there will be about a half billion dollars in renovations and expansion done to the […]

  • Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo says comments about domestic violence taken out of context

    Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo is trying to back track from explosive comments he made about domestic violence in the NFL. Angelo was the Bears GM from 2001 to 2011, but he was associated with the NFL for 31 years. According to an article in USA Today, he says the NFL glossed over hundreds and hundreds of domestic violence cases, and that he had made mistakes and he wasn’t proud of it. He told the paper the Ray Rice video changed everything for him. The […]

  • 5 teens shot Sunday; Part of violent weekend in Chicago

    Five teenagers were wounded Sunday in separate shootings. One 14-year-old was shot in the chest around 1:30 Sunday afternoon near 62nd and King. The teen was taken to the hospital in serious condition. A second 14-year-old was shot about an hour later in the Lawndale neighborhood. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition. Police say the shooting was gang related. In the 9500 block of Jeffery, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were in a car when shot at […]

  • Juvenile detention center guard accused of body-slamming teen

    A security guard at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center faces felony charges Friday. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Michael Lynch body-slammed a boy when he refused an order to go back to his room. That knocked the 15-year-old boy unconscious, and he was treated for a concussion. Lynch’s attorney says his client was breaking up a fight. It was captured on surveillance video and witnessed by about ten other detainees. Lynch was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct. A judge set […]

  • JPMorgan: More than 80 million customers hacked

    JPMorgan said Thursday that cybercriminals gathered information on more than 80 million account holders as part of a massive bank hack this summer. A restaurant owner on the North Side who has a personal and business account with Chase is alarmed. “These hackers are on a roll right now. They’ve hit Target, Home Depot, Chase. So, it’s pretty worrisome,” said Fares Zanayed. The revelation follows news back in August that hackers had infiltrated seven of the country’s largest banks, using […]

  • Hundreds of flight cancellations at O’Hare, Midway ahead of bad weather

    Due to incoming bad weather, hundreds of flights have been cancelled at both O’Hare and Midway airports. According to the Department of Aviation, O’Hare cancelled over 500 flights and reported delays averaging 30 minutes. Midway Airport cancelled over 300 flights and reported delays averaging about 40 minutes. For the latest flight updates go to: Southwest Airlines has cancelled all flights after noon Thursday at Midway. Southwest released this statement: “With storms continuing to roll in, Southwest Airlines is proactively managing the flight […]

  • Mother, daughter found dead in home: Suicidal man told cops he’d ‘harmed’ them

    Chicago police have a man in custody after they discover a woman and a young girl dead inside the Dunning neighborhood home they shared in Waukegan. The two were discovered at the home in the 3400 block of North Odell. Chicago police say officers in Waukegan responded to a call about a suicidal man Sunday morning. After taking him in to custody police say he told them he’d harmed his family Neighbors tell WGN the couple argued a lot. They […]


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