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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
  • Groups beg Illinois lawmakers to prevent funding cuts

    CHICAGO — Groups servicing children, the mentally ill, the disabled and the homeless pleaded with Illinois lawmakers Monday to spare them from budget cuts. At the Bilandic Building in Chicago Monday,  representatives from 10 organizations testified before the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee that the cuts would hurt their ability to help the state’s most vulnerable segments of society. Gov. Bruce Rauner says the cuts are needed to help pull the state out of the red.

  • St. Patrick’s Day festivities continue Sunday on South Side

    CHICAGO — With the bagpipers a-piping, the drummers a-drumming and the ladies a-leaping, the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade was off and running. Thousands take in the parade each and every year; it’s a yearly event that families look forward to. But to get a good seat you have to get creative — or get here early. In an election year, politics were also part of the parade. Rahm Emanuel was on float No. 3, while his challenger, […]

  • Ingalls Childcare Center closing its doors after 23 years in Harvey

    HARVEY, Ill. — A longtime child care center in Harvey will close its doors Friday. It’s been around for 23 years. Ingalls Childcare Center will shut down due to budget problems. This move will force more than 100 families to scramble to find new day care options. It will also put 18 workers out of a job. Other day care centers across the state may also have to close, or cut back hours. “We are mandated as State of Illinois […]

  • ‘Chuy’ Garcia promises Friday release of financial plan

    CHICAGO — When asked Thursday about his financial plan for the city, Mayoral candidate Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia again told reporters to just wait. “I hope that you’ve been reading the papers and watching television reports,” he said. “We will be releasing a plan tomorrow, and of course all of you are invited to come.” Garcia’s comments came at a South Side news conference where he enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of former Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. Wilson officially […]

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    Prep team suspended from playoffs after brawl breaks out at game

    CHICAGO –A Chicago high school basketball team has had to forfeit its spot in the playoffs after a brawl broke out at their game Wednesday night. The fight broke-out after North Lawndale beat Marshall last night at Westinghouse College Prep. The fight was captured on video. Some players apparently exchanged words in the handshake line and that sparked the altercation. Thursday evening, CPS suspended North Lawndale and Marshall for three games. As a result, North Lawndale will not play in […]

  • No bail for Chicago grandmother charged in murder of 7-month-old girl

    CHICAGO — Bail has been denied for a grandmother accused of beating, choking, and cutting her granddaughter’s throat with a power saw. 52-year-old Manuela Rodriguez allegedly killed 7-month-old Rose Herrera in the Little Village neighborhood Monday apparently because the infant wouldn’t stop crying. Autopsy reports show the girl died of craniocerebral blunt force injuries, caused by multiple blows to her head. A secondary cause was probable suffocation from a sock that was shoved in her mouth. Officials say Rodriguez then tried to kill […]

  • Funding shortage could force child care cutbacks

    CHICAGO — A lack of state dollars for child care centers is starting to hit home. The state says the budget for this year is already gone and federal aid may not be enough to keep some child care centers in the state running. Imani Children’s Academy, 11443 South Halsted Street, has been in the Roseland neighborhood for about 20 years. There are about 10 teachers for about 35 students but that may change on Friday. The owner and director […]

  • Vigil held for mom, kids fatally struck by semi; driver cited

    CHICAGO – Chicago Police have ticketed the driver of a semi-truck after two children and one adult were struck and killed  by the truck on Chicago’s South Side. 23-year-old Zachary Barngrover, from Iowa, is cited with failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk, and making an improper left turn onto a two-way road. The crash happened just before 5 a.m. on the 4300 block of South Ashland in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The three were identified as 30-year-old mother, […]

  • $10 prairie-style house has a new home in Evanston

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Moving day is tough – but it was a little more difficult for Christopher Enck of Evanston. On Thursday, Enck moved a whole house – an 87-year-old prairie-style designed by John Van Bergen. Just one of 3 sections of a home being moved in Evanston today. — ChicagoDrives (@ChicagoDrives) March 5, 2015 Enck bought it up for only $10 from a real estate developer. It was built in Wilmette and sat in an Evanston lot the […]

  • South Side students mourn 17-year-old classmate’s murder

    CHICAGO — Grief counselors will be in place at an Englewood high school this morning to help classmates of a student who was murdered on the Far Southeast Side. 17-year-old Deonte Hoard was shot Monday near his home near 105th and Yates. His mother says it was a drive by shooting. Deonte was a student at Urban Prep Englewood Academy, a school with a great track record for getting student to college and Deonte was no different. He had been […]


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