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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    Teens charged in murder of Congressman’s grandson

    CHICAGO — Two teenagers are facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Congressman Danny Davis’ 15-year-old grandson. The 16-year-old male and 17-year-old female will appear in bond court on Sunday, each faces one felony count of first-degree murder. Police say they shot and killed 15-year-old Jovan Wilson at his home on the South Side Friday night. Wilson was at home in Englewood around 6:45 p.m., when the boy and  girl entered and started fighting with Wilson.  Davis says the […]

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    30-year-old man fatally stabbed at Hawthorne Race Course

    CICERO, Ill. — A 30 year-old was found stabbed to death at Hawthorne Race Course on Wednesday night. The body was discovered in the living quarters. The identity isn’t yet released. Hawthorne Race Course says its security learned about a physical altercation between two employees of trainers stabled on the “backstretch.” It says security called police and medical services, who quickly arrived on the scene. It says it is cooperating with the investigation. Police are holding three persons of interest. Two of them […]

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    Donald Trump to meet with Japanese Prime Minister today

    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to “build trust” with US President-elect Donald Trump when the two meet in New York Thursday, as he seeks to safeguard the long-standing alliance between the two countries. “I am very honored to see the President elect ahead of other world leaders,” Abe told reporters before his departure. “The Japan-US alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. The alliance becomes alive only when there is trust between us. I would […]

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    Local, state and federal law enforcement team up for weekend crime crackdown

    CHICAGO – A crackdown on violent crime and drugs in Chicago brought together local and state police, the FBI, DEA and Homeland Security, for a joint operation in Chicago this weekend. Officers flooded three high-crime zones with help from the state and federal agencies, making an all-out effort to target violent gangs in the city’s most at-risk neighborhoods on the West and South Sides. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the crackdown was meant to send a message to gangs and criminals that crime is […]

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    Community rallies to help man shot in the face while driving home on Lake Shore Drive

    CHICAGO — Henry Austin was driving home from work in the early-morning hours on Lake Shore Drive when someone shot him in the face. Austin survived, and was even able to pull over and get help. But it’s been expensive – he’s had to go through several surgeries since the attack. And as a worker in the service industry, those bills can pile up. On Sunday, neighbors in Logan Square and co-workers held a fundraiser to help him out at Quenchers, […]

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    Chicagoans show support for fight against oil pipeline in North Dakota

    CHICAGO — More than 300 people were protesting a proposed pipeline being constructed across four states and near Native American land Saturday, demonstrating near Federal Plaza in the Loop and then and marching to Trump Tower in downtown Chicago. The protest was a peaceful one, as demonstrators want their message to stop construction on the pipeline. They marched to the building named after Trump because they say the president-elect could put a stop to it. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) runs […]

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    Police, leaders, activist meet to discuss tensions in Mount Greenwood neighborhood

    CHICAGO — Teens who planned to protest a police shooting in Mount Greenwood today instead met with CPS officials and police downtown. The meeting was called after threats to shoot the teens were posted online. The groups agreed to hold regular town hall meetings with officers and students. WGN’s Erik Runge has more.

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    Donald Trump meets with Obama for first time as President-elect

    WASHINGTON –President-elect Donald Trump called President Barack Obama a “very good man” as the two long-time antagonists met in the Oval Office in a ritual epitomizing the peaceful transfer of power. Obama told reporters that if Trump succeeds, America succeeds at a White House meeting that encapsulated the stunning political events of the last few days since the President-elect’s remarkable election victory. Trump said he would seek Obama’s counsel as president and Obama promised his full cooperation in the transition […]

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    Police authenticate photo, video from fatal police shooting in Mount Greenwood

    CHICAGO — There are differing accounts about what led to the fatal police shooting of a man after a road rage incident in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood. But they all involve a dispute between Joshua Beal, 25, and an off-duty Chicago firefighter. The dispute occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday in the 11100 block of South Troy Street as Beal was leaving a funeral he served as pallbearer at. An off-duty firefighter told the driver of a vehicle, in which Beal was […]

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    Logan Square house fire injures 6, including firefighter

    CHICAGO — At least one person had to jump from a second story window to escape a house fire in Logan Square early Saturday morning, which injured six people, including a firefighter. It didn’t take fire fighters long to put out the house fire on the 2600 block of Homer, but the flames moved quickly, and people inside couldn’t move quickly enough. One witness, who was on the first floor with his family when the fire started, said he saw […]