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
  • 200 people displaced after high winds tear off roof of Bronzeville apartment building

    CHICAGO — An apartment building in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood is partially collapsed, apparently by a microburst from Wednesday night’s storms. All 200 residents of the building at 50th and King Drive will probably have to wait a few days to return to their apartments, after high winds tore off part of the building’s roof. The apartment building has 90 units. Emergency crews say about one-fourth of the roof is gone. Residents say they had to dodge falling bricks as they […]

  • Explosion at suburban bonfire injures 8 teens, parents say

    GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. — At least 8 teenagers were injured when a gas can exploded during a backyard bonfire Saturday night in Glendale Heights. A parent of one of the teens said around 10 students were sitting around the fire when a gas can left too close to the flames exploded in a “horrible accident,” injuring boys and girls ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old. The parent said one boy was burned over much of his body, two […]

  • Man charged in Gold Coast carjacking

    CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a Chicago man following a string of carjackings and shootings that rocked the city’s North Side on Thursday. Earrious Moore, 23, is charged with attempted carjacking for a single incident in the 1400 block of North Lake Shore Drive on Thursday evening. He is not charged in any other attacks. Prosecutors did note in a news release Saturday that an investigation is ongoing. Prosecutors allege Moore shot a man in a Mercedes-Benz […]

  • No injuries after fire breaks out at suburban cemetery

    SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — No one was injured after a fire broke out at a suburban cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews responded to a fire at the chapel of a cemetery in Schiller Park, Ill., near 25th Street and Irving Park Road around 4 p.m. Everyone inside the building got out safely, but the fire caused a lot of damage. Most of the damage was on the second floor, which contained mostly offices. The building contained more than 130 years […]

  • CPD failing to remove firearms from people who shouldn’t possess guns, report says

    CHICAGO — A newly released report from the Inspector General shows Chicago police are failing to remove firearms from people who show signs of harming themselves and possibly others. The report comes as law enforcement officers take a hard look at the accused Waffle House shooter‘s father. He returned his son’s guns to him, even after his fire arms card was revoked. The Inspector General said it’s just a coincidence that the report came out around this time. This report is […]

  • Student, family upset after Underground Railroad simulation at suburban school

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — Monday’s school board meeting was the first time people could tell the board how they felt about a middle school trip that included an Underground Railroad simulation after a student and her family complained. Parents, students and teachers packed the junior high gym in suburban South Holland Monday evening to discuss the simulation. The simulation has been a tradition at the school for about 10 years but this year at least one student said children felt funny […]

  • Slain commander among five new names added to Gold Star Memorial

    CHICAGO — A somber ceremony was held Friday to remember some of Chicago’s finest. Five more fallen Chicago police officers were added to the Gold Star Memorial. That includes the name of Commander Paul Bauer who was shot and killed in the line of duty just two months ago. Commander Bauer’s wife and teenage daughter along with Bauer’s father and other family members were on hand for the ceremony.  His daughter Grace unveiled his name. Bauer and four others took […]

  • Board member sides with COPA, says LeGrier, Jones shooting was unjustified

    CHICAGO — A Police Board member has overruled Chicago’s top cop and has decided that the shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones was unjustified. The Board Member, Eva Dina Delgado, sided with an earlier ruling by COPA that the December 2015 fatal shooting of LeGrier, 19, and his neighbor was unjustified. CPD Superintendant Eddie Johnson disagreed with COPA’s ruling and moved to keep Officer Robert Rialmo on the force. The case now heads to the full Police Board who will […]

  • CTU demands more janitors to clean up schools

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union is demanding more janitors clean what they say are filthy conditions in schools. Teachers, parents and some community leaders blame Mayor Emanuel for poor leadership, and say they need more from CPS to get the schools cleaned. The CTU dressed a few people in hazmat-type suits and tried to get into Kenwood Academy. But, they were turned away.  Kenwood teachers say they have problems with trash and rodents. They say the privatization of janitors […]

  • Trump tweets ‘get ready Russia’ missiles ‘will be coming’ to Syria

    President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday that it should “get ready” for a missile strike on Syria, vowing to thwart any missile defenses. “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’,” Trump wrote. “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get […]