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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
  • 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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    Eric Holder steps down as Attorney General

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will resign after six years at the helm of the Justice Department. Holder has agreed to remain in his post until the confirmation of his successor. “In the months ahead I will leave the Department of Justice,” Holder said at the White House, thanking President Barack Obama for the “greatest honor of my professional life.” Though he’s stepping down, Holder said that “he will never leave the work.” “I will continue to […]

  • Robbers targeting victims at South Side Red Line station

    Chicago police are warning CTA rider about a string of robberies at one Red Line station. Several people have been robbed near the 35th St Red Line Platform. On four occasions in the past month, men approached riders at or near the 35th Street stop and demanded money. It is not known if any of the surveillance cameras caught any of the robberies, which started back on August 28thand 30th and September 4th and 12th. Police say the men sometimes made […]

  • Dogs recovering; 2 arrested in animal hospital scandal

    Two people have been arrested in connection with a scandal at a suburban animal hospital involving dead and sick dogs. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced charges against 59-year-old Sharon Cargile and 55-year-old Amardeep Sangha. Dolton officers made the horrific discovery on Sunday when they went to drop off a dog. Four dead dogs were found, some with maggots on them and others wrapped in plastic bag. Those that survived were lying in feces and urine and in cages without […]

  • Barricade situation ends with no injuries, man in custody

    South Cicero Avenue is open again after a hostage standoff blocked traffic this afternoon. The incident began in Bedford Park just before 1:30 p.m. when a woman contacted authorities and told them her husband was holding their two children and two dogs in the cab of his semi truck and would not release them, police said. Police responded and the driver attempted to hit the officers with his vehicle. A short vehicle chase ensued and ended in the 4400 block […]

  • Gruesome discovery: 4 dead dogs, several sick animals found at suburban animal hospital

    Authorities want to know what was going on at a south suburban animal hospital where four dogs were found dead and several others sick and emaciated. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation but this morning officers with Dolton code enforcement swarmed the Dolton Animal Hospital in the 15000 block of Lincoln Avenue to continue their part of the investigation. Meanwhile, current and former clients have been showing up, sharing horror stories. “I called everybody and nobody paid […]


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