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.
CHICAGO — The United Center has been lit in purple and gold since Sunday night to honor basketball legend Kobe Bryant after he was killed, along with eight others, in a helicopter crash in California. The 41-year-old NBA legend died in a helicopter crash under foggy conditions in Calabasas. All nine people on board, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were killed. The official cause of the crash has not been determined, but it’s been reported that heavy fog was in […]
LISLE, Ill. — After an apparently unprovoked shooting inside a Lisle cigar lounge left a former Illinois State Trooper dead and two other law enforcement officials injured Friday, investigators are still searching for a motive in the case. Lisle police responded to a call of a shooting at Humidor Cigar Lounge on the 1600 block of Odgen Avenue just after 10 p.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found the 51-year-old woman, identified as Lisa McMullan, dead and three men injured. […]
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — A Chicago-area woman is in good condition after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, Illinois health officials said Friday. The woman is the second U.S. patient to be diagnosed with dangerous new virus from China, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The woman, who is in her 60s, came in through O’Hare International Airport from China on Jan. 13 after spending about two weeks in the Wuhan area. Officials said she arrived to Chicago without […]
HARVEY, Ill. — Just eight months after taking office, the police chief in south suburban Harvey has been placed on leave. Eddie Winters, a former Chicago police lieutenant was hired last May by the new mayor in an effort to shore up the department. Sources tell WGN News, Mayor Christopher Clark placed Winters on unpaid administrative leave after Winters rescinded his order to promote two police officers to commanders last week. One of the officers, Justin Winston was fired from […]
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses. The daylong session started Tuesday with the setback for Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and the president’s legal team, but it ended near 2 a.m. Wednesday with Republicans easily approving the rest of the trial rules largely on their terms. […]
CHICAGO — The day when we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a day of service for an organization known as “Cradles to Crayons.” They’re collecting items for children in the city and suburbs Monday. Gov. JB Pritzker was among those joining volunteers at a donation site at the South Side YMCA, 6330 South Stony Island Avenue. Pritzker helped sort through the donations. Once the donations are processed they will be bagged up to be distributed to kids. “Cradles […]
CHICAGO — Two Chicago beaches have been closed for good due in part to the heavy rainfall from this weekend’s storm. The two beaches, Rogers and Howard, have seen higher lake levels and record rainfall with strong storms such as the one this past weekend. The area has had two of the top five wettest years in Chicago history since record taking began. The year 2019 was the third wettest on record and 2018 was the fifth wettest. When there […]
GARY, Ind. — A man killed during a standoff with Gary police Monday was wanted in connection to the body found in a Merrillville hotel, police said. Two officers were also wounded in the standoff. Police said the officers were investigating in the 2500 block of Waverly Drive and made contact with the man. The man retreated into a residence and barricaded himself inside with a weapon, police said. The SWAT team arrived at the residence around 2 p.m. and […]
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — The death of a woman found at a hotel in Merrillville has been ruled a homicide, officials said. Police were called to the Hampton Inn, located at 8353 Georgia Street, around 1 p.m. Sunday after 44-year-old Betty J. Claudio, of Gary, was found dead by a housekeeper. Details on her death have not yet been released, but police said they believe they know who killed her. Officials said the person responsible for Claudio’s death took her 2000 […]
CHICAGO — Over 1,000 flights were canceled Saturday as a winter storm hit the area bringing heavy winds, snow and rain. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 3 p.m. Sunday for McHenry and DeKalb counties. Freezing rain hit the Chicago area overnight Saturday into the morning. Forecasters are predicting as much as seven inches of snow with the most of it falling north of the city. Slick and hazardous travel conditions should persist during the day and then […]