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
  • Gov. Pritzker signs Illinois’ first gun licensing bill into law

    CHICAGO — It took more than 15 years and a number of votes, but the state of Illinois now has its first gun licensing law. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law Thursday at Ella Flagg Young Elementary in Chicago’s North Austin neighborhood. Two big supporters of the bill, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, were at the signing as well. The original piece of legislation was passed with a number of other gun bills not long after […]

  • Suspect armed with knife shot by Addison police

    ADDISON, Ill. — Addison police shot a suspect who they say had a knife early today.  Police say that suspect is a woman in her 50’s. The Addison police chief says the woman is in surgery, but should survive. The incident happened in the 200 block of Mill Road.  The man the woman was living with called police around 4:30 this morning to say the suspect was hitting him and that she had large knives, and she was armed and dangerous. […]

  • 30 dogs killed in fire at suburban kennel, 2 still missing

    CAROL STREAM, Ill. —  At least 30 dogs were killed in an early morning fire Monday at a kennel in Carol Stream. The kennel’s owner along with firefighters were able to rescue more than 20 dogs. Officials said the fire started around 5:30 a.m. at D and D Kennel located at 2N144 N. County Farm Road in Carol Stream. The kennel’s owner, Garrett Mercado, lives above the kennel but was not home at the time. Upon arriving home, Mercado saw […]

  • Illinois Democrats calling for end to government shutdown

    CHICAGO — Several members of Congress from Illinois said the federal government shutdown needs to end. Monday marks the 24th day that 800,000 workers are working without pay. The shutdown is affecting several airports where TSA workers are making their opinions known by calling in sick. That has led to a slowdown at security checkpoints at some of the busiest airports in the nation. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Mike Quigley and Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia spoke at Chicago […]

  • Get vacation inspiration at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — With hundreds of booths and thousands of vacation destinations, the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show is perfect for those with wanderlust and those just wondering where to go. The exhibition runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Tickets are $15. Children under 17 are free. WGN’s Erik Runge has more.

  • Investigation continues after teen killed in shooting in Griffith, Ind.

    GRIFFITH, Ind. — Police in northwest Indiana are still piecing together what led up to a shooting that left an 18-year-old dead. Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Alayna Ortiz and her friends were at a Griffith apartment complex when an officer patrolling the complex heard a loud crash and then saw the Ortiz’s red SUV speed away. Ortiz’s stepfather tells WGN they were there to drop off one of Ortiz’s friends. Police said the SUV then pulled into a strip […]

  • Sears reaches 11th hour deal to stay in business

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears was facing the possibility of shutting down, until it reached an 11th-hour deal Tuesday to stay open, at least for now. After two long delays at a morning hearing in bankruptcy court, attorneys for Sears announced it had accepted a revised bid from a hedge fund controlled by Eddie Lampert, the chairman and former CEO of Sears. The deal could keep 425 of the stores open. A judge still needs to approve the agreement. Lampert’s $4.4 […]

  • R. Kelly sued by his former Chicago landlord amid release of Lifetime docuseries

    CHICAGO — Attorneys for R. Kelly and his former landlords reached an agreement Monday after the R&B signer was sued by the landlords for unpaid rent. His former landlord, Midwest Commercial, was suing Kelly for $80,000 in unpaid rent on his Near West Side studio. Kelly R&B singer denied it. There’s no word on the details of their agreement. The suit was filed in July 2018. Midwest Commercial rented Kelly a studio at 219 N. Justine St. The studio is […]

  • Suspect leads Elmwood Park police on chase into Chicago

    ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. — One person is in custody after a wild police chase that stretched from the northwest suburbs into the city. The chase started after a traffic stop with Franklin Park police late Wednesday night. Authorities said the suspect fled the scene and Franklin Park terminated the pursuit. Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Elmwood Park police heard the call, spotted the suspect and pulled him over at Harlem and Grand Avenue. The Elmwood Park police chief said the suspect […]

  • Man critically injured in shooting on Eisenhower Expressway

    HILLSIDE, Ill. — A man was critically injured overnight in a shooting on the Eisenhower Expressway. The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday near Wolf Road in Hillside. The victim was able to get off the expressway and flag down a police officer.  He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he is being treated for gunshot wounds. Three westbound lanes of the Eisenhower were shut down as Illinois State Police investigated the shooting. Several shell casings were found on the expressway. […]