Erik Runge, WGN TV News

Erik Runge


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2 shot in Palatine apartment complex lot

PALATINE, Ill. — Police responded to two individuals shot in an apartment complex parking lot in Palatine Thursday night. According to police, multiple shots were fired in the 1500 block of Silver Lane in unincorporated Palatine Township. Police found a 24-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a 24-year-old woman with a […] → Read More

PHOTOS: Semi-truck crashes off bridge and catches fire in Hammond

HAMMOND, Ind. — A UPS semi-truck crashed off of an I-90 bridge and hung into the water below in Hammond early Friday morning. SkyCam 9 caught images of the semi-truck wedged between the eastbound and westbound lanes near Cline Avenue after it drove off the road at around 2:15 a.m. UPS told WGN that its […] → Read More

Cars towed as winter parking ban takes effect across Chicago

CHICAGO — Tow crews are busy pulling cars off the streets affected by Chicago’s “Winter Overnight Parking Ban.” The ban went into effect overnight Thursday and impacts 107 miles of main streets throughout the city, imposing parking restrictions from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. No parking is allowed where signs are posted, even when there’s […] → Read More

Lawsuit filed over school bus crash involving St. Ignatius hockey team

CHICAGO — Hockey players, parents and two coaches from St. Ignatius College Prep have filed a lawsuit over the crash that injured 16 students. The lawsuit was filed Monday. A press conference scheduled for Tuesday is expected to provide more information. Around 8 p.m. on November 12, a semi truck went through a red light […] → Read More

Woman, 19, found fatally shot inside vehicle on Northwest Side

CHICAGO — A homicide investigation is underway after a 19-year-old woman was found fatally shot inside a vehicle on the city’s Northwest Side. Police said the woman’s body was discovered with a gunshot wound to her head in the driver’s seat of a vehicle on the 3700 block of West Eddy around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. […] → Read More

More Twitter workers flee after Musk’s ‘hardcore’ ultimatum

Twitter continued to bleed engineers and other workers after new owner Elon Musk gave them a choice to pledge to “hardcore” work or resign with severance pay. Hundreds of employees signaled they were leaving ahead of a Thursday deadline set by Musk, posting a salute emoji or other symbols familiar to Twitter workers on the company’s internal Slack […] → Read More

11 car thefts reported in same area as police shooting involving Lightfoot’s security detail

CHICAGO — Chicago police report nearly a dozen robberies have happened in the same area where officers opened fire on a suspect Tuesday morning in the Logan Square neighborhood. Sources tell WGN News the officers were part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s security detail. Luis Antonio Zayas said he was waiting in his car to take […] → Read More

Illinois State Board of Education releases 2022 Report Card

CHICAGO — The Illinois School Board of Education released its first report card on education Thursday since the pandemic closed schools across the country. The state superintendent of education said in a statement “The report shows we are absolutely on the right track.” An annual snapshot of the state’s education system, the ‘Report Card’ is […] → Read More

Owners of Rogers Park senior complex fined $1,500 after 3 die during heat wave: report

CHICAGO — The owners of a Rogers Park senior complex where three women died during a heat wave were fined $1500, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as 76-year-old Delores McNeely, 72-year-old Gwendolyn Osbourne, and 68-year-old Janice Reed. The women were found dead on May 14 […] → Read More

Man reunited with dog after armed carjacking near United Center

CHICAGO — A man has been reunited with his dog after his vehicle was carjacked with his pet still inside on the city’s Near West Side. Tim Sheridan was carjacked around 6 p.m. Tuesday on Western Avenue and Madison Street near Pete’s Fresh Market grocery store, just west of the United Center. Sheridan said he […] → Read More

WATCH LIVE | Verdict reached in Waukesha parade killings trial

Breaking Update: A jury in Wisconsin has reached a verdict in the trial of Darrell Brooks. Waukesha County court officials said the jury reached the verdict at 9:43 a.m. Wednesday. It will be read at 10:45 a.m. WGN News will be streaming coverage from the courtroom at that time. MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jurors will […] → Read More

Final vote Tuesday on relocation, expansion of Hollywood Casino in Aurora

AURORA, Ill. — Aurora city leaders will take their final vote Tuesday on the relocation and expansion of the Hollywood Casino. The proposed move and expansion cleared a committee last week with no objections, but city leaders can expect to get an earful before tonight’s vote. At least one group is planning to protest the […] → Read More

Man, 28, fatally shot while sitting in parked car on South Side

CHICAGO — A 28-year-old man was fatally shot while sitting in a parked vehicle in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. The shooting happened on the 2500 block of East 79th Street around 1:15 a.m. Friday. Police said the man and a 30-year-old woman were sitting in a parked vehicle when someone opened fire. Police said […] → Read More

Man fatally shot while sitting in parked car on Far South Side

CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed while sitting in a parked car in the city’s South Deering neighborhood on Far South Side Thursday morning. The 39-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car near the 2900 block of East 126th Street around 5:46 a.m. when shots were fired. He […] → Read More

Man fatally shot while sitting in parked car on Far South Side

CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed while sitting in a parked car in the city’s South Deering neighborhood on Far South Side Thursday morning. The 39-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car near the 2900 block of East 126th Street around 5:46 a.m. when shots were fired. He […] → Read More

Chicago man, pistol-whipped, fights off armed would-be carjackers

CHICAGO — A 35-year-old man was pistol-whipped during an attempted carjacking incident in the city’s Uptown neighborhood late Wednesday night. According to police, Patrick Stanton and his partner, Brittney Hines, were packing their car in the alley on the 5100 block of North Glenwood just before 11p.m., when two men in masks and hoodies, along […] → Read More

Harry Styles show at United Center postponed due to ‘band/crew illness’

BREAKING UPDATE: The United Center has announced that out of an abundance of caution, the concert has been rescheduled to Monday, October 10 due to band/crew illness. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date. __________________ CHICAGO — Over 350 Harry Styles fans camped outside the city’s United Center since Tuesday to […] → Read More

CPD holds in-person entry exams at all city colleges

CHICAGO — Chicago is losing police officers faster than it can replace them, and the city is pushing to hire more of them. Malcom X College is one of the seven city colleges holding police exams Thursday through Saturday to encourage people to apply. Last year, the police union expressed their displeasure with the department’s current […] → Read More

Pritzker announces disaster proclamation to help asylum seekers

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced a disaster proclamation to help get resources and support for asylum seekers that arrived in Chicago from Texas. On Wednesday, the governor was joined by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to give an update on the migrants that arrived in the city via […] → Read More

Boy, 12, shot in the head on Lower West Side

CHICAGO — A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head on the city’s Lower West Side. The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 1800 block of West 21st Place. Police said the boy was outside with an adult family member when two unknown offenders approached them and began […] → Read More