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.
GARY, Ind. — The Lake County, Ind. Sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a student who was found unresponsive in the pool at his high school. Curtis Walton, 14, was a football player at Calumet New Tech High School in Northwest Indiana. Witnesses say after football practice on Wednesday, the coach allowed the players into the school pool to cool off. The teen collapsed and headed toward the bottom of the pool. Two of Walton’s teammates and all the […]
GARY, Ind. — An Indiana football player was hospitalized after he collapsed while training in a pool. A 14-year-old freshman on the Calumet High School football team was training in the school’s pool Wednesday evening when he became unresponsive. He was pulled from the pool in cardiac arrest. School staff members performed CPR while emergency crews were called. A source said a defibrillator was used on the boy to restart his heart. The Lake County Sheriff and the Lake Ridge […]
CHICAGO — An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood while walking home from work Sunday night. The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 900 block of West 52nd Street when an unknown man emerged from an alley and approached the woman who was walking in the street. Police said the two began arguing and the man pulled out a gun and shot her multiple times in the head and torso. The teen […]
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — Barbecue competitions aren’t usually for the backyard warriors. But Glen Ellyn changed all that over a decade ago when it started the Backyard Barbecue Competition. For 11 years teams of amateurs have been competing for bragging rights and big trophies. Competition is tough for all four categories – Best Dish, Best Sauce, Best Ribs and Best Chicken. There are more than 60 teams from all over Chicagoland hoping to take away a title. While the event […]
CICERO, Ill. — Cicero police are searching for a man seen on video throwing a bowling ball at another person’s head during an event. Police released a surveillance image Thursday of the male suspect they are attempting to identify in the attack, described to be in his late 20s or early 30s. The incident happened Wednesday night at Town Hall Bowl, 5025 W 25th Street, during a bowling event. Police said a brawl had ensued among individuals when the man […]
CHICAGO — The NFL is celebrating a century with a huge festival in Grant Park Thursday, as the Bears prepare to take on the Packers in Chicago to open the 2019 season. Chicago – Green Bay is the longest running rivalry in the league, with the Packers holding a two game edge of 97 wins to the Bears’ 95, while there has been 6 ties. After a season that ended in heartbreak and a double doink, fans say they’re ready […]
Hurricane Dorian, the strongest storm to hit the planet so far this year, has the people in its path scrambling to get out of harm’s way. While devastating for residents in the affected communities, the hurricane also spells trouble for travelers in the Bahamas, as well as those visiting Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in the United States. Transport and travel Many flights to and from destinations in the hurricane’s path have been canceled or delayed. Delta Air Lines canceled […]
ROBBINS, Ill. — With violence taking two lives in the past few weeks in the south suburbs, this year’s Robbins Back to School Parade took on a new theme. The parade in Robbins has just about everything you could ask for on an early September Sunday — cool weather, plenty of candy and well wishes for the year to come. But this year, the parade also comes with pleas for help. Leneaus Bowman’s wife, Marsha, was killed in Dolton when she with […]
WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Two suburban plants that use the same cancer-causing chemical as the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook are now also facing lawsuits. Four lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Cook County against both Vantage in Gurnee and Medline in Waukegan. All four lawsuits accuse Medline and Vantage from knowingly endangering peoples lives by releasing too much of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide into the air. Kathleen Koch is one of the plaintiffs. She had a breast cancer tumor in October […]
CHICAGO — Police issued a community alert after five women were sexually assaulted on the city’s South Side since mid-July. Chicago police said a man forced five women to perform sex acts in four separate incidents. He showed a knife during one of the attacks, and a gun during some of the others. The first attack happened at about 5 a.m. on July 12 at 76th Street and Evans Avenue. A 22-year-old woman was threatened with a knife and raped. […]