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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    More than 3,000 shot across Chicago in 2016

    CHICAGO — Chicago recorded the year’s 3,000th shooting victim over the weekend. Eight people were killed and 35 were injured over the weekend. According to data collected by the Chicago Tribune, as of Monday, at least 3,028 people were shot, more than the 2,980 people for all of 2015. That’s almost a 50-percent increase over last year at this time. Chicago now has more shootings than in all of last year. Police say, one big factor in the increase is the […]

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    Durbin, Madigan advise ITT Tech students to start over

    CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Illinois Attorney General say ITT Tech students may be best off starting college over. Speaking at Maclom X College Friday, the two said students can wipe out their loan obligations by starting over at another school. Earlier this week,  ITT abruptly announced it was shutting down all of its for-profit campuses across the country,  leaving its 40,000 students with nowhere to go. The move comes after the U.S. Dept. of Education cut federal […]

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    Illinois leaders seek plans for ITT Tech students after shut down of campuses

    CHICAGO — Illinois’ senior senator and attorney general are discussing options for thousands of now former ITT Technical Institute students. ITT, which is a for profit school, announced this week it’s closing all 130 of its U.S. campuses, saying it can’t survive recent sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education. ITT says it’s the victim of a regulatory assault and never had the chance to defend itself. Senator Dick Durbin and Lisa Madigan want community colleges to help fill the void the […]

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    Manager fatally shoots robbery suspect in Carpentersville, store owner says

    CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. — A robbery suspect was shot and killed just after a hold-up at a computer store in northwest suburban Carpentersville. Two armed men walked into Oscarin’s Computer, located at 1646 Ravine Ln., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to the store owner, the men, who weren’t wearing masks, demanded money and tied the victim’s hands behind their backs with plastic ties as they searched the store. The robbers found $15,000 and headed for the door. The owner says his manager […]

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    Man, 71, shot while watering his lawn in Marquette Park

    CHICAGO – A 71-year-old Chicago man is recovering in the hospital after he was shot while watering his lawn. Neighbors of 71-year-old Fred Laguardia say he spent many days watering his lawn and chatting with neighbors. Surveillance video show two people on bikes ride by Laguardia around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Once they got to the end of the block, the suspect turned around and approached LaGuardia. Police say they wanted his money but he refused. Laguardia was shot in the […]

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    CPS students head back to school today as possible teachers strike looms

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools kicks-off the new year on Tuesday. But, a possible teachers strike is hanging over the excitement. About 300,000 children are expected to return to the classrooms. Teachers are back without a contract for the second year in a row. Negotiations are still ongoing. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says both sides are back and forth trying to close down some real serious issues. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool says talks will intensify this week, and CPS is doing everything it […]

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    Off-duty officer grazed by bullet in Bridgeport

    CHICAGO — A scary moment for a Chicago police officer returning home from his overnight shift Sunday morning to this area at 31st and Loomis when he was shot. Police say the officer had just finished his shift and was heading home when he noticed someone in a mini-van had been following him for several blocks, so he pulled over to let it pass.   But instead the officer says the van stopped alongside his car and someone inside started shooting. The […]

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    Surveillance images show suspects in Northwest Side armed robberies

    CHICAGO — Surveillance images show two people wanted in connection with a string of armed robberies on the Northwest Side. Police say they are among three to five males believed to have committed the crimes.               The first robbery happened August 26 at 10:20 p.m. in the 5700 block of N. Kimball. The second took place August 29 around 10:30 p.m. in the 3400 block of W. Carmen. The third took place on September 1 at […]

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    CPD announces gun and drug bust

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Chicago police say they made nearly 80 arrests in a bust designed to coincide with Labor Day weekend. CPD leaders say they targeted areas on the West Side where they knew drug activity was happening.  They made a series of drug buys over the past several weeks which led to the arrests on Thursday and Friday. In addition to confiscating drugs, police say they also were able to get 11 handguns and one rifle off the streets […]

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    Khan family, of DNC fame, attends Islamic conference in Chicago area

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Muslim couple whom Donald Trump zeroed in on after they spoke at the Democratic National Convention are in the Chicago area. They lost their son, a U.S. Army captain, in Iraq. Today they addressed an audience at the 56th annual Islamic Society of North America conference. That conference is being held in Rosemont, Illinois. The Khans didn’t talk about Donald Trump much today, really only to say they have moved on.  But they still had plenty to say when it comes to politics […]