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
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    South Side couple celebrates 71 years of marriage

    CHICAGO — When it comes to celebrating, dancing and song, the Sanders family on the South Side of Chicago know how to party. Celebrating Mother’s Day is a tradition at the Sanders house. And even at 89 years old, William and his 86-year-old wife Earnestine let loose, as three generations of Sanders look on. Earnestine gets top billing on Mother’s Day, of course, but William gets a gift too: the two were married on Mother’s Day several decades ago. Seventy-one years ago, […]

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    Man shot on Stevenson Expressway recovering from injuries

    CHICAGO – A man is recovering from injuries he suffered when he was shot while driving on the Stevenson Expressway. The 22-year old man was driving in the southbound lanes of I-55 near Central Avenue around 6:30 this morning when a silver Volkswagen SUV pulled up alongside him. Someone inside that car started shooting at him. The man suffered several gunshot wounds in his legs and was taken to a hospital in Berwyn. The shooter’s car exited the highway and […]

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    Up to 2,000 Chicago cops will wear body cameras this summer

    Chicago’s top cop wore a body camera on patrol Friday night for the first time. Superintendent Eddie Johnson gave a firsthand account of what it’s like to walk the streets as a police officer. It’s all part of an effort to make policing more transparent. “I think it has a huge impact, from day one I’ve said that we have to repair the trust between the community and the police department, so the more comfortable we make the citizens with the police […]

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    Police-involved shooting on Far South Side under investigation

    CHICAGO — The ugliness of Chicago’s violence has once again ruined what would otherwise be a beautiful day. Police and U.S. Marshals say they were trying to execute a search warrant this morning on the Far South Side when the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Terrick Beaslee, took off. Beaslee was wanted for robbery and probation violations. During the foot chase the offender stopped and pointed a weapon at an officer, according to police. That officer opened fire; witnesses heard one […]

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    Alvarez recuses herself in Jason Van Dyke case

    CHICAGO — The embattled Cook County State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, recuses herself from the Jason Van Dyke case. Alvarez says she did so in the interest of justice, and not because of a conflict of interest. The outgoing Alvarez has faced months of criticism over her handling of the case. Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged in the fatal shooting of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald, was in court Thursday morning. The judge said he’ll make a definite decision on a […]

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    Takata to recall 35 million more airbags

    NEW YORK — Takata will recall an additional 35 to 40 million airbags due to the explosion risk they pose to drivers and passengers, according to a U.S. transportation official familiar with its plans. The expansion of what was already the nation’s largest auto recall is due to be announced later Wednesday by Mark Rosekind, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least 10 U.S. deaths have been linked to the airbag problems, which can explode and send […]

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    Trump and Clinton: Bring on the general election

    For Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 general election has all but begun. The two presidential front-runners celebrated a victorious night Tuesday, each notching major wins in East Coast primaries and taking giant leaps towards their party’s nominations. And in dueling victory speeches that showcased their starkly contrasting tone and style, Trump and Clinton had one thing in common: an eye on November. At a news conference at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, Trump declared that the GOP primary […]

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    1 killed, 4 wounded in Chicago shootings

    CHICAGO — In the span of just a few hours, five people in Chicago have been shot, one fatally, in two separate shootings. A 36-year-old man was killed in one of the shootings; the others remain at area hospitals. The shootings were just a few miles from each other. Both involved multiple victims: two at one, three at the other. Just before 1:30 p.m., police say two men started shooting at each other outside the Currency Exchange near Garfield and […]

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    Employee charged with arson in furniture warehouse fire

    WOODRIDGE, Ill. — An employee has been charged with arson in the massive warehouse fire in the suburbs earlier this month. 20-year-old Ruben Ochoa Cruz is facing federal arson charges. More than 325,000-square feet of warehouse space is in ruins.  The RoomPlace estimates the damage is well into the million dollars. The RoomPlace CEO released a statement saying he was deeply disturbed one of his employees was charged with setting the fire. Last Thursday, 30 fire departments battled a nearly out […]

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    Coach, teacher at special education center arrested for sexual abuse of teen

    BRADLEY, Ill. — A part time coach and teacher in Kankakee County was arrested for sexually abusing  a teenager. He is out of jail for now. The coach has not been charged at this time. He was a teacher at a special education school in Kankakee and coached track in another town. Bradley Police detectives first confronted the 26-year-old man at Momence High School where he is was an assistance track coach.  They were following up on a report a […]


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