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
  • Mysterious charge at chain restaurant has suburban man warning others

    SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. — When we swipe our cards at a restaurant, how many of us take time to check the receipt? A man from Hoffman Estates visited a Panera restaurant recently and happened to check his receipt. On it, he found a phantom $9 charge. The items on Curtis Marquardt Jr.’s receipt should have totaled $32.73. But for some reason, the register made it more than $41. Why did he check it? “We go to Panera quiet regularly and […]

  • Suburban officers rescue man after car plunges into water

    ROUND LAKE, Ill. — A Round Lake park police officer is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a driver from a lake. It happened early Thursday morning.  Police say the driver of this minivan lost consciousness behind the wheel. His vehicle rolled down a boat ramp and into round lake. It was partially submerged when Officer Chris Valle arrived on the scene. Officer Valle helped keep that driver’s head above water until rescue crews arrived. The driver was taken […]

  • Judge grants innocence certificate in 1957 Illinois killing

    SYCAMORE, Ill. —  An Illinois judge has granted a certificate of innocence to a Washington state man who was wrongly convicted in 2012 of the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl. The DeKalb County judge formally declared 77-year-old Jack McCullough innocent during a Wednesday court hearing. The certificate will allow McCullough to sue Illinois for damages for his wrongful conviction in Maria Ridulph’s killing. A prosecutor concluded last year that evidence backed McCullough’s alibi that he had been […]

  • FBI raises reward in Wisconsin manhunt

    JANESVILLE, Wisc. — The FBI is increasing the reward amount for information that leads to the arrest of a Wisconsin man suspected of stealing guns and threatening attacks in an anti-government manifesto he mailed to the White House. The FBI said Tuesday it was increasing its reward from $10,000 to $20,000 to help authorities capture 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski. Authorities have been searching for Jakubowski since April 4, when authorities believe he stole 18 firearms from a gun store in Janesville, […]

  • McCullogh appears in court seeking certificate of innocence

    A 77-year-old man, fighting to clear his name from a decades-old murder, made his case today in court. Jack McCullogh is asking for a certificate of innocence. In 2012, McCullough was found guilty in the 1957 killing of Sycamore girl Maria Ridulph. But a judge threw out the conviction after a new prosecutor said McCullough couldn’t have done it. The judge heard from both sides today, but did not make a decision. The case will be back in court next […]

  • 2 shot during suburban home invasion

    STICKNEY, Ill. – Cook County authorities are investigating after two people were shot during a home invasion in Stickney. Neighbors were told by detectives this was a targeted shooting. According to a source, around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday three men busted into the home at 48th and Lockwood.  Two brothers and a friend were inside the home. 20-year-old Lucas Styrczula was shot in the legs, the source says.  His friend was shot as well. Lucas’s 18-year-old brother Darius reportedly jumped from […]

  • 7 fatally shot in less than 12 hours in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood

    CHICAGO — The pace of violence is once again accelerating on Chicago’s South Side. Seven people were killed in just a 12-hour period in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. New overnight are two shooting deaths, barely a block from the South Shore Cultural Center. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, a black Jeep pulled alongside a gray van on 71st Street and someone fired into the van, killing a woman in the front seat and a man in the back seat. Police […]

  • 5 people killed in violent day in South Shore neighborhood

    CHICAGO – Five people were shot and killed just blocks from one other in South Shore Thursday. The first shooting left  26-year-old Patrice Calvin dead.  She was four months pregnant. Later, just blocks away four people were shot and killed in and near a restaurant. Several people who work closely with the South Shore community believe this afternoon shooting that left four dead was in retaliation for the woman’s death. Dana Jackson lost her 19-year-old son Raheam and her 20-year-old […]

  • Prgenant woman shot and killed on Chicago’s South Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a pregnant woman was shot and killed on the city’s South Side. It happened at about noon Thursday in the 7500 block of South Luella in the South Shore neighborhood.. 26-year-old Patrice Calvin  was four months pregnant according to police. She was shot in the head and police say she was pronounced dead on the scene.   A Woman reportedly pregnant is found dead of a gunshot wound inside an apartment building 75th and S. […]

  • Senate intel holds first public Russia hearing

    WASHINGTON — The Senate intelligence committee opened its first public hearing on Russian meddling in the US election Thursday with calls for nonpartisanship, citing ongoing foreign interference that threatens “the heart of our democracy.” “The vice chairman and I realize that if we politicize this process, our efforts will likely fail,” Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said in his opening remarks. “The public deserves to hear the truth about possible Russian involvement in our elections, how they […]