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
  • Illinois House debates guns, passes ban on bump stocks

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House on Wednesday approved a ban on trigger-enhancing “bump stocks” in its first votes on gun control legislation since a Florida high school massacre and the fatal shooting of a police officer in downtown Chicago. The House voted 83-31 to prohibit the manufacture or sale of bump stocks or “trigger cranks,” which increase the firing rate on rifles, effectively making them assault-style weapons. Lawmakers later voted 64-51 to prohibit anyone younger than 21 from buying […]

  • Cardinal Cupich urges action on guns in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, lll. — The archbishop of Chicago is urging Illinois lawmakers to adopt restrictions on assault weapons and other curbs on firearms after a Florida high school massacre and the fatal shooting of a police officer two weeks ago. Cardinal Blase Cupich says “the youth of our nation are shaming the adult world into action.” Teen-aged activists have protested for tougher rules on firearms after 17 students were killed Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida. Lawmakers are expecting floor votes on […]

  • Lawmakers introducing new gun safety bill to honor slain Cmdr. Paul Bauer

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State lawmakers are considering a number of new gun regulations in Springfield this week, including one that would honor slain Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer. Bauer was shot and killed on Feb. 13 while chasing a man who was wearing body armor and had an extended magazine in his handgun. The new legislation would ban the sale of body armor and high-capacity magazines to anyone except police officers, licensed security guards and members of the military. It […]

  • Recovery process begins after flooding in NW Indiana

    LAKE STATION, Ind. — Flood waters in parts of Northwest Indiana have started to recede, but there is still a lot of work to be done. On Monday, local leaders in Lake Station, Ind., held a meeting to start the recovery process. The meeting had two purposes: To make sure people have the supplies they need like food and clothing, and also to learn about money that maybe out there to help with repair costs. Many gathered at the meeting, […]

  • Flooding destroys half of Indiana food pantry’s supplies

    VALPARAISO, Ind. — From the Chicago suburbs to northwest Indiana, the torrential downpours and the flooding that followed has causing a lot damage. Six inches of water destroyed half of a food pantry’s supply in Valparaiso, Ind. The town isn’t that big but the Hilltop Neighborhood House helps a lot of people–which means the next couple of weeks are going to be tough. The basement is pretty much dry and has been scrubbed clean. “Water started coming down through our […]

  • Boy, 2, fatally stabbed in Little Village; Person of interest in custody

    CHICAGO – A person of interest is in custody after police found a 2-year-old boy fatally stabbed in the city’s Little Village neighborhood. Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. When officers arrived, the child, identified as Mateo Garcia, was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the child suffered severe trauma from lacerations and fatal stab wounds. The Chicago Tribune reported that the child was nearly decapitated. The crime […]

  • Narrow band of freezing rain moves off to the east – area rivers remain at bankfull or in flood

    The back edge of the rain moves off to the east early this Wednesday morning, including the narrow band of freezing rain/sleet which mainly affected elevated surfaces. The Urban and Small Stream Flood Warning will also end this morning. This will leave most area rivers at bankfull or in various stages of flood as the runoff from the 2 to 5-inch plus rainfall continues to maintain high levels the remainder of the week ahead. Stay informed as to individual river […]

  • Wife of fallen Cmdr. Paul Bauer writes thank-you letter to Chicago

    CHICAGO — The wife of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, who was killed in the line of duty last week, has written a heartfelt letter thanking the city. Read Erin Bauer’s full letter below: I sit here writing a letter that I never thought I’d have to write. On February 13, my husband and Grace’s dad, Paul Bauer, was violently taken from us. Needless to say, our hearts are broken in a million pieces and our lives are forever changed. […]

  • Vigils held for victims after a week of heartbreaking violence

    DOWNER’S GROVE and WHEATON — After a heartbreaking and violent week in Chicago and across the nation, dozens gathered to pay their respects at vigils for victims of gun violence Sunday. At a memorial in Downer’s Grove, teenagers took turns reading the names of the 17 people killed in Parkland, FL. They also remembered those killed at Northern Illinois University 10 years ago, and CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer, who was laid to rest Saturday after being shot to death by a […]

  • Outpouring of support and respect at visitation for fallen CPD commander

    CHICAGO —  There was an outpouring of support and respect Friday at the visitation for CPD Commander Paul Bauer. Some people waiting close to two hours in the cold to pay their respects. The visitation was scheduled to end at 9 p.m. a long line of people remained. Chicago police said it would go as late it takes. The crowded wait to make sure Commander Bauer’s family and the entire Chicago police department know the city stands with them. Commander […]