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. — An elderly man is in critical condition after he was shot by Gary police Sunday night. At around 5:30 p.m., authorities were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Roosevelt Street on the report of a man with a gun. Police said 82-year-old Melvin Bouler was sitting in a vehicle in front of the apartment complex when officers arrived. Bouler was given several commands before an officer discharged his weapon and shot Bouler, police […]
CHICAGO — After big storms brought big waves crashing against Juneway Beach in Rogers Park, residents said Sunday they’re concerned about eroding shorelines creeping towards their homes. Water levels in Lake Michigan are running high this year, and when they’re topped with huge, devastating waves, they can buckle concrete shorelines and pull parts away. For two years, Jenny Leaner has lived as close as you can to Lake Michigan. But, she says she’s noticed a big hole in the shoreline […]
CHICAGO — 15-year-old Connor Wilson arrived at O-Hare Saturday as part of an incredible surprise by the Bears. Earlier in the week, Advocate Children’s Hospital and the Bears arrived at Wilson’s home with a simple request; help us beat the Rams in Los Angeles. The surprise took a little while to sink in for the diehard Bears fan. Life has been difficult for the family after Wilson’s mother, Barb, took him to the doctor with a cough. The cough turned […]
CHICAGO — Community members in Little Village gathered Friday night for a vigil to honor a man who was shot an killed earlier this week. Frank Aguilar, 32, was walking in the 3700 block of West 32nd Street around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said a gray SUV drove by and someone in the vehicle fired a gun, hitting Aguilar in the chest. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Aguilar’s family said he was on his […]
CHICAGO — A purported street-gang leader from suburban Chicago who became radicalized in prison faces federal charges accusing him of seeking to provide money to Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Jason Brown, the 37-year-old leader of the AHK gang, could be heard on secret FBI recordings speaking admiringly about beheadings by the Islamic State group, the 27-page complaint says. If someone insults the Prophet Mohammed, “his head gotta go,” he […]
CHICAGO — A plane slid off a runway Monday morning at O’Hare International Airport. The incident was reported around 8 a.m. According to American Airlines, American Eagle flight 4125 slid off the runway due to icy conditions. All 38 passengers and three crew members were removed from the aircraft and transported safely back to the terminal. The Chicago Fire Department confirmed no one was injured and that the situation is secured. Dramatic video provided by Joseph Lian, who was inside […]
BERLIN — On Saturday, Germany and the free world will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For generations who lived through the Cold War, it was a monumental moment in history. For younger generations, it was something they heard stories about or learned in school. The Wall has now been down longer than it stood, and it seems as if the lessons it taught the world are standing up to the test of time. The […]
BERLIN — Saturday will mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Wall went up virtually overnight in August of 1961. From the end of World War II and up until then, Communist East Germany lost 3.5 million people. If people continued leaving the East for the West, East Germany would collapse. The Wall was the government’s solution. West Berlin was unique in that it was an island of freedom in a sea of East Germany Communism. […]
CHICAGO — President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on Chicago and its police chief on his first visit to the city while in office. Comparing the city to Afghanistan, he spoke at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference at McCormick Place Monday. “It’s embarrassing to us as a nation,” Trump said of Chicago in his speech. “All over the world they’re talking about Chicago. Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison.” Trump has frequently slammed Chicago for […]
CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for Monday, October 28 as contract negotiations between the district and the Chicago Teachers Union continue. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said they have reached a tentative deal with SEIU Local 73 that includes a generous raise for special education assistants, security guards, bus drivers and custodians they plan to approve for ratification in the coming days. “I’m pleased to announce that the bargaining committee of SEIU Local 73 is reviewing the final terms […]