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
  • Naperville warns against touching bats after 2 test positive for rabies

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Two bats have tested positive for the rabies virus in Naperville. The city is now warning people not to touch any bats, dead or alive. Advice, that came a little late for one teen. The teen is doing well, but she is getting treated for rabies, just in case. Meanwhile, her mother is taking steps to make sure the bats they discovered find another place to roost. Last Friday, a group of teenagers had gathered at 15-year-old […]

  • 1 killed, 6 injured in shooting near police headquarters in Bronzeville

    CHICAGO — One person was killed and six were injured when someone opened fire on a group of people barbecuing in front of their Bronzeville home Tuesday night. Neighbors said kids as young as six were in the line of fire. The shooting happened in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood, about two blocks from police headquarters. The attackers approached the group on foot before firing. An earlier dispute in a nearby park may have contributed to the violence, Chicago police spokesman Anthony […]

  • Roof of Old Town restaurant catches fire, no injuries

    CHICAGO – A popular Old Town Italian restaurant was forced to evacuate Tuesday evening during dinner after smoke was spotted coming from its roof. Fire officials responded to the fire at Balena, located at 1633 North Halsted, Tuesday evening. The Chicago Fire Department said the fire started on the roof and spread to the structure. The fire was put out around 8:45 p.m. No one was injured and the fire department said no one was found inside when they searched. […]

  • Fox Lake homeowners, businesses recovering from flooding

    FOX LAKE, Ill. – Last month’s severe flooding continues to impact people in the northern suburbs. Many homeowners and businesses are just now starting to get back on their feet. When the weather’s good, business for small cities along Illinois lakes and rivers is right there with it. But when it’s bad, it’s really bad. It was devastating for some because timing in business, as in life, is everything. “June and July are the two number one months for selling […]

  • Illinois governor’s veto could jeopardize school funding

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the school funding bill Wednesday claiming it gives too much money to Chicago. Now it’s up to lawmakers to either approve the governor’s changes, override his veto or start over. Both the governor and Democratic leaders believe they have a chance to make history when it comes to finding a fair school funding formula.  But as history has shown, they can’t agree on how – despite a weekend marathon negotiating session. “We would rather […]

  • New ‘state-of-the-art’ training facility for first responders planned for West Side

    CHICAGO — A nearly $100 million “state-of-the-art” facility on the West Side will simulate real-world scenarios to train first responders, according to details released by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city leaders over the weekend. Leaders also believe the facility will bring an economic boost to the area. For years Ald. Emma Mitts says she’s been fighting for a piece of Chicago’s economic growth to be built her ward that includes west Garfield Park. “We are very excited today because […]

  • Rough waters prompt swim ban at Chicago beaches

    CHICAGO–People planning to go to Chicago’s beaches over the next two days are urged to stay out of the water. The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazard Warning. It says high waves and strong rip currents could be life-threatening. Swimming bans are in effect at several Chicago beaches.  Swim advisories have been posted at Ohio Street, Montrose, Rainbow, North Shore, Humboldt and Lane. The warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday. To check the most up to date […]

  • Hail hits hard during afternoon storms; Schaumburg, Itasca report damage

    A round of storms barreled through the Chicago area Friday afternoon. Gusty winds and hail caused damaged in several suburbs with Schaumburg and Itasca among the hardest hit. Hail damage in Schaumburg @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/etXIW0RLzO — Dana Rebik (@DanaRebikWGN) July 22, 2017 Rain also accompanied the storms causing flood waters to rise again in areas. It was the first of two major weather events for the weekend. The WGN Weather Center is forecasting much more rain overnight in the areas that […]

  • 2 men found shot to death in driveway of suburban home

    AURORA, Ill. –Two men were  found shot to death inside an SUV in Aurora early Thursday morning. The shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. in the 700 block of North Ave. The victims were found by a relative in the driveway of a home. One of the victims, 25-year-old Pedro Miranda lived in the home. He and 39-year-old Enrique Villalvazo Jr. were each shot multiple times. Investigators believe they had just left their jobs at a factory in Batavia. Police […]

  • Gov. Rauner receives criticism for flood response after touring Round Lake

    ROUND LAKE, Ill. — For the past several days Governor Bruce Rauner has been on the ground to see the damage record flooding has done over four counties north of Chicago. On Wednesday, he visited Elizabeth Carabis’ home.  She had at least five feet of water in her home. “We lost thousands of dollars of things, an office a bedroom and a living room and its gone,” she said. It’s all out in front of her home now, this was […]