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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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    Protester from Chicago attempts to rush stage at Clinton rally

    There’s been a lot happening on the presidential campaign trail this week. Just as Hillary Clinton was hitting her stride on the stump her Secret Service detail jumped into action. 26-year-old protester Kelsey Atkinson from Chicago tried to rush the stage at Clinton’s rally Wednesday in Iowa, and police quickly dragged her out of the arena. Atkinson is being held on a disorderly conduct charge and is being evaluated at a hospital. Meanwhile in New York, a man armed with suction cups […]

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    Nation’s law enforcement leaders in Chicago to discuss promoting trust, reducing crime

    CHICAGO – As tensions between police and communities remain high and violent crime rises in many cities, the nation’s law enforcement leaders gathered at the University of Chicago Wednesday to discuss their common issues and search for solutions. Officials from the Department of Justice and FBI, and police chiefs from a dozen major cities are participating in the conference. At a press conference Monday, several police chiefs noted they’re facing two major challenges: increasing trust while reducing crime. In Chicago […]

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    Blagojevich’s family ‘dumbfounded, flabbergasted’ at resentencing

    CHICAGO — A federal judge has upheld former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. The Democrat appeared via a video link Tuesday from his Colorado prison for a resentencing hearing in Chicago. It was the 59-year-old’s first public appearance since he entered prison in 2012. #Blagojevich sketch from today. Judge imposes same 14 year sentence. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/QdQeCHxGBp — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) August 9, 2016 “I recognize it was my words and my actions that led me […]

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    Massive computer outage delays Delta flights around the world

    CHICAGO — A Delta Airlines ground stop has been lifted and limited departures resuming following a computer power outage in Atlanta that impacted the airlines computer systems. The airline says it has canceled 427 flights due to the massive outage. Delta has canceled 427 flights due to a power outage, while operating about 1,590 of its nearly 6,000 scheduled flights so far today. — Delta (@Delta) August 8, 2016 Delta customers headed to airports should expect delays and cancellations. A […]

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    CPS announces nearly 1,000 layoffs, including 500 teachers

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools are laying off about 1,000 employees, including nearly 500 teachers. But officials expect most to be hired for other open positions. Officials with the nation’s third-largest school district said Friday that those affected will be eligible to apply for other jobs in the district, which has about 1,000 teaching vacancies. The teacher layoffs include 302 at high schools and 192 at elementary schools. The others include 352 high school support personnel and 140 personnel at […]

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    IPRA to release video related to Paul O’Neal shooting on Friday

    CHICAGO –The Chicago Police Department says it’s releasing videos related to last week’s deadly police shooting of an 18-year-old car thief suspect. New video released by the Bolingbrook Police Department shows Paul O’Neal with two other men at a gas station in the southwest suburb, hours before he was killed. It also shows the three filling up the gas tanks of cars they allegedly stole. Hours later, O’Neal was shot in the back and killed by police in Chicago’s South […]

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    Body of 4-year-old found after fire in abandoned building in Englewood

    CHICAGO — Chicago police detectives are interviewing three persons of interest after the body of a young child was found during a fire in an abandoned building in Englewood. The persons of interest are two young males and a female and were caught running from the abandoned house. At 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Chicago firefighters were called to the 1400 block of West Marquette Rd for a basement fire. There they found the body of a small child. The child had been […]

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    Man in serious condition after shooting near Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — One person is dead, 11 others were injured in shooting across the city. One of those shootings happened just blocks away from Wrigley Field in the Lake View neighborhood. Witnesses say the 27-year-old man was cutting through an alley around 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 3200 block of North Racine, when he was approached by someone with a gun. One shot was fired and the gunman ran away. The victim is hospitalized in serious condition. Investigators are looking at […]

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    New CPD July crime statistics: 65 homicides; 441 injured in shootings

    CHICAGO — July was another violent month in the city of Chicago. The Chicago Police Department released the crime statistics for last month overnight. There were 65 murders and 362 shootings in the city. 441 people were shot. The number of shootings in July was slightly higher than in June,  but there were seven fewer homicides. So far this year, 381 people have been killed in Chicago. Chicago police say they have made more than 1,900 gun arrests since January 1, […]

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    Uber driver finds wallet with $3K, goes great lengths to return it

    CHICAGO — When an Uber driver noticed a wallet left behind in his car, he knew what he had do — he just wasn’t sure how to do it. The passenger, who didn’t speak english, had his life’s savings in that wallet, but neither could figure out how to connect. The man had just landed at O’Hare. He moved to Chicago about a year ago after selling his business in Ukraine. His sister had ordered the Uber for him and he […]