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Erik Runge joined WGN-TV in November 2013 as a per diem reporter for WGN News.

Prior to working at WGN-TV, Runge 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, Runge earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa. Runge is a life-long Cubs and Bears fan and lives with his dog Cassie.

Recent Articles
  • Chicagoans cope with bitter cold – again

    CHICAGO — The Wind Chill Advisory is over, but the cold temperatures remain across the Chicago area. WGN’s Judy Wang and Erik Runge talked with Chicagoans braving another bitter cold day. Watch the video in the player below to hear what they had to say For the latest weather updates go to

  • Jury deliberates in Timothy Jones murder trial

    CHICAGO — The jury deciding Timothy Jones fate will be sequestered tonight after they did not reach a verdict in his first degree murder case. Jones is charged with murder, for leading police on what proved to be a fatal high-speed chase in 2013. Police say Jones and another suspect committed a home invasion with gun and that crime lead to the chase. 56-year-old Jacqueline Reynolds was killed when a police SUV that was chasing Jones crashed into her car. […]

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    Doggie day care van with 7 dogs inside stolen at gunpoint

    UPDATE: Van and dogs found safe. Click here for details. CHICAGO — A van with seven dogs from a day care center was stolen at gunpoint in the River West neighborhood. Police say the carjacking happened around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday. The van was at the intersection of Chicago, Ogden and Milwaukee. Police say a driver for the doggie daycare facility Urban Outsitter was in the process of returning the dogs to their owners when the van was hijacked. Police say […]

  • Gov. Rauner calls for budget cuts; some local mayors upset

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In his first budget address Governor Bruce Rauner called for major spending cuts, saying, “For far too long we have been living beyond our means — spending money that Illinois taxpayers could not afford.” Rauner wants to cut Medicaid spending by $1.5 billion, higher education by $387 million and tax money funneled to cities and towns by $600 million. Some of the cuts aimed at local municipalities irked area mayors. He also wants state workers moved into […]

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    Man sues NU, alleges professor helped frame him for double murder

    EVANSTON, Ill — A man is suing Northwestern University alleging a professor helped frame him for a double murder. Alstory Simon seeks $40 million from Northwestern, the now retired professor and others.  Simon spent 15 years behind bars until his conviction was set aside last year. He accuses Professor Dave Protess of railroading him to free death row inmate Anthony Porter. Porter’s release made headlines and led to the end of the death penalty in Illinois. Simon claims Protess’ students […]

  • 2 injured in shooting near Walgreens in Wheeling

    WHEELING, Ill — Two people were wounded in a shooting Tuesday night in suburban Wheeling. It happened at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex near Elmhurst and McHenry Roads. One of the victims was in a car and then drove approximately one mile to the Walgreens, in the 1100 block of Dundee, to ask for help. Witnesses say he was shot once in the back. He is expected to recover. Police are not releasing details about the other […]

  • Chicago’s 16th Ward Alderman JoAnn Thompson has died

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s 16th Ward Ald. JoAnn Thompson died Tuesday. She was 58. According to her chief-of-staff Debbie Blair, Thompson “suffered a sudden heart failure, finally succumbing to a health battle that she fought with the same courage and grace for which she was known and loved throughout her wonderful life.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement following statement: “With the passing of Alderman JoAnn Thompson, Englewood has lost a tireless advocate and Chicago has lost one of its dearest […]

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    Police seek suspect in fatal shooting of 13-year-old

    CHICAGO –A teenage boy was shot and killed while recording a fight on his cell phone. Chicago Police say Anthony Diaz, 13, was shot multiple times just after 10:30pm Sunday in the 6000 block of West Grand Avenue in the Belmont Central neighborhood. Diaz’ stepfather, Ralph Otero, says the teen snuck out of the house with his sisters, ages 15 and 17, because they wanted to confront someone about a post on Facebook. Otero says five minutes later Diaz was […]

  • Maywood police investigate overnight shooting death of cab driver

      MAYWOOD, Ill. — Maywood police are still investigating the overnight shooting of a cab driver who was killed during an apparent armed robbery. 34-year-old Seneca Richardson was found slumped over the wheel of his cab with a gunshot wound to the back. Police say it happened at around 8:45 Friday night on 4th and 5th streets near Congress in Maywood. Members of Richardson’s family said he was not involved in any gangs or any criminal activities. They say he got a […]

  • Comcast customer in Chicago area receives bill addressed to ‘Super B—-‘

    ADDISON, Ill. — Mary Bauer, 63, of Addison says the first thing she does when she gets home from work is flip on her TV. Her signal is brought in to her home by Comcast. But it took months, Mary says, to finally get on a consistent basis.  She says her cable continually kept shutting off, and she had to keep calling to get it fixed. “I had 39 technicians here from November to April,” she said. Someone along the […]


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