Erik Runge

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
  • $3M bond for Bartlett man charged in wife’s murder

    BARTLETT, Ill. — A judge set bond at $3 million for a man charged with murdering his wife in Bartlett. 58 year-old Carlo Madonia had his first appearance before a judge on Friday. Authorities say he confessed to the murder. He allegedly strangled her because she was nagging him about returning to work. 58 year-old Nancy Madonia was found in the master bedroom. Police say he had blood on a hand, and on his shirt. Nancy had bitten his finger. […]

  • Indiana toll rates going up starting June

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Drivers on the Indiana toll road can get ready to dig deeper into their pockets. Toll rates are going up effective June first. For those who drive the entire East-West toll road across Northern Indiana with a transponder, it will cost about $10.50, which is more than double the current toll. From the Illinois-Indiana state line to the Portage exit, it will cost just over two dollars. For the past 10 years, motorists have been getting discounted […]

  • World’s first Nutella Cafe opens in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Nutella lovers can now head downtown for the cafe of their dreams. The world’s first Nutella Cafe opened this morning on Michigan Avenue and Lake Street near Millennium Park. The grand opening was held at 10 a.m. and the first 400 people in line were let in.  They received special Nutella Cafe Chicago jars of their favorite treat, along with croissants. Some people arrived as early as 5 a.m. to wait for the cafe to open.  The line […]

  • ‘Operation Hot Towel’: Chicago cracks down on illegal massage parlors tied to prostitution

    CHICAGO — A four month undercover operation shut down six Chicago massage parlors for prostitution. Several others were shut down or face steep fines for improper licensing and other code violations. A total of 11 spas in the city saw were closed. Last February, working off of tips from the public, Chicago police along with the city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Department started “Operation: Hot Towel.” They checked 61 massage businesses for proper licensing and prostitution.  They made multiple […]

  • Bond set at $100,000 for man charged in fatal hit-and-run near Willowbrook

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — Bond is set at $100,000 for a man charged in the hit-and-run death of Abin Matthew Thursday. 19-year-old Marlon Myles of Willowbrook is accused of causing the crash. The DuPage County Sheriff says Myles was behind the wheel of a 1999 Buick when the crash happened late Wednesday near Route 83 and Mockingbird Lane. Matthew, 26, was a passenger in a Nissan Rogue that rolled over from the impact. He was ejected and four others in the vehicle were […]

  • CPD unveil newly revised ‘Use of Force’ policy

    CHICAGO — Chicago police announced their revised Use of Force policy Wednesday. Supt. Eddie Johnson thanked various people including community activists that helped make these revisions possible. “These policies are centered around the sanctity of life…with the use of deadly force as a last resort,” said Johnson. Officials said they spent one year reviewing the nation’s best practices and talked to members of the community and police when reviewing the policy. Johnson said the definition of deadly force in the new policy is […]

  • Panel of terrorism experts shy away from Trump-Russia topic

    CHICAGO —  The country’s Secretary of Homeland Security and former CIA and NSA director were at the University of Chicago today. John Kelly and General Michael Hayden were in town to talk about terrorism, but there was one big topic they did not touch. The panelist focused on changing trends in the terrorism and touched on the past and the future. The present state of affairs that has the nation’s attention however was not brought up by the moderator, specifically […]

  • Search resumes for teen who went missing in Des Plaines River

    MELROSE PARK, Ill. — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Monday the search is not over for 16-year-old Cameron Sanders, who went missing Saturday after jumping into the Des Plaines River. Sanders and two friends jumped from a railroad bridge over the Des Plaines River in Melrose Park that has been popular with kids for decades. Sanders’ family says he does not know how to swim, and he never resurfaced. Teams have been searching for him ever since. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office took […]

  • River North security guard attacked by man she was trying to help

    CHICAGO — A River North security guard was punched in the face early Sunday morning by a man she was trying to help. The security guard was on duty at a residential building on Franklin Street. As a precaution, the people who live in the building installed two HD security cameras and they captured everything. A little before 2 a.m., the video shows a walking down the street and eventually sitting down outside Zoa Stigler’s building. Stigler, who has been working security at the […]

  • Police officer shot on city’s west side

    CHICAGO– A police officer has been shot on the city’s west side and another officer was injured.The shooting occurred just after 2:00 p.m. on the 4600 block of West Maypole in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. According to Chicago police, the officer who was shot was transported to Loyola Hospital in stable condition. A second officer was hospitalized for anxiety but was otherwise unharmed.  Both officers have been treated and released. The 25-year-old female offender sustained gunshots to the abdomen, […]