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
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    Gary grapples with spike in murder rate

    GARY, Ind. — Gary police are searching for suspects in two separate murders that happened just hours apart from each other. Police say they are developing leads in both of those murders. Meanwhile, police are also trying to build up a relationship with the community to try and get a handle on a murder rate that’s nearly doubled from last year.  Shootings are up 87 percent from last year around this time and the murder rate has jumped as well.  […]

  • Teen may be charged after filming video in high school locker room

    FRANKFORT, Ill. —  A teenager in suburban Frankfort could face charges for a video she took in her school’s swim locker room. Will County Sheriff’s office says the 17-year-old could face charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful video recording. The video was 1-2 seconds long and showed several female students in the locker room fully clothed.  One female had a towel wrapped around her. The deputy chief doesn’t believe the video has been shared and the principal of the school […]

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    Baby Nathan receives life-saving liver transplant

    CHICAGO — A baby born with a rare liver disease finally received a life-saving transplant this week. Baby Nathan was born in March with a rare disorder. His family lives in South suburban Mokena. 11,000 people are following the Facebook page his parents created to share his progress. His parents say Nathan is doing well but still has a long recovery. Check out the GoFundMe page set up for Baby Nathan here.

  • Window washer critical after fall at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

    CHICAGO — A window washer fell from the sixth or seventh floor of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the 200 block of Huron. It happened at about 8 a.m. Wednesday. He is now in critical condition at Northwestern.  His injuries reportedly include two broken legs. Another window washer tells WGN the injured man is in his 30’s and that the team of washers he was working with was almost finished when he fell. The accident is under investigation. This is a […]

  • State budget crisis hits YMCA named for governor’s family

    CHICAGO — The state’s budget crisis is affecting after school programs for teenagers in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods. The Rauner Family YMCA is canceling its Teen Reach program because of a lack of funds from the state. The YMCA opened in 2006. It’s named for Governor Bruce Rauner and his wife who donated $3.5 million for its construction before he was governor.

  • Tent collapse in Wood Dale kills 1, injures many others

    WOOD DALE, Ill. — A burst of thunderstorm activity across the Chicago-area in mid-afternoon Sunday resulted in multiple injuries and a death at an event in west suburban Wood Dale, the collapse of a dome in northwest suburban Rosemont and the temporary evacuation of the music festival Lollapalooza in Grant Park downtown. One person was killed, three people were seriously injured, and 17-20 more were taken to area hospitals when a tent collapsed at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest near […]

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    Wrongfully convicted man killed after just 3 years of freedom

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — 40-year-old Alprentiss Nash and Kathleen Zellner, the attorney who helped free him from prison, were working on an upcoming federal civil rights case, but more recently he had sent her a text yesterday to check in. Nash was released in 2012 after a judge granted an appeal he wrote himself to have some DNA evidence tested. That evidence did not match and Nash was set free for the first time since 1995. Nash’s life ended yesterday […]

  • Crowd gathers in downtown Chicago to show support for Sandra Bland

    CHICAGO – A crowd gathered in downtown Chicago tonight to protest and raise awareness of Sandra Bland’s death. Bland was the Naperville woman who was pulled over, arrested and found dead in her Texas jail cell three days later.  The medical examiner says it was suicide. Her family and other supporters say that doesn’t add up. Waller County officials in Texas released additional video today from Bland’s arrest.  They say they released the video today because they wanted to dispel […]

  • How moms are helping Englewood stay safe

    CHICAGO — Anti-violence groups are celebrating small victories in and around the Englewood neighborhood. One group called “Moms Against Senseless Killings” is hoping to expand its reach. The moms involved in the group say there has been just one shooting in this area since they started about five weeks ago. The group walks blocks and meets with people.   Their goal is to create a family type atmosphere in the community.  They BBQ and sometimes just sit and talk with people. […]

  • 2 suspects shot during weapons investigation

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — Two suspects in an ongoing federal weapons investigation were shot after allegedly pulling a gun on agents Monday night.  Another suspect was arrested. The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. in the 400 block of W 15th St in Chicago Heights. It was a joint investigation with the ATF and CPD that involved illegal firearms. The ATF says during the investigation one of the suspects pointed a gun at agents and officers.  Officers and agents responded by […]


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