Rick Tarsitano is a Sports Producer for WGN Evening News, WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten.

Covering the teams I grew up loving. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Doing the same with my kids, too. Life’s too short not to smile.


Recent Articles
  • Kyle Long thanks Bears fans, announces he is ‘stepping away’ from football

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Kyle Long said goodbye to Bears fans Sunday night. Some chicagoans are probably happy to hear I’m finally stepping away and getting my body right. Some Chicagoans may be sad to hear this. Either way ufeel about it, I want u to know how lucky I am to have spent time in your city. I became a man while playing in Chicago.Thank you❤️ — Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) January 6, 2020 The three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman […]

  • How Dallas Keuchel’s bet grew into an illustrious beard

    CHICAGO – Dallas Keuchel looks like a perfect fit for the White Sox. “Just being on the South Side – the black and white really bodes well not only for my skillset, but for my clothing apparel as well.” The achromatic attire should accentuate Keuchel’s signature feature – a beard more than half a decade in the making. “It started as kind of a dare-bet with a couple of my buddies back home. I always had a couple weeks worth […]

  • Robin Lehner makes 38 saves as Blackhawks beat Islanders 5-2

    CHICAGO — Robin Lehner made 38 saves against his former team, Dennis Gilbert scored his first career goal and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Friday night. Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kubalik also scored for banged-up Chicago, which bounced back nicely from Monday night’s ugly 7-1 loss to New Jersey. Matthew Highmore was credited with his first goal of the season when his third-period centering pass went off Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock and into […]

  • Chicago Fire FC names Raphael Wicky head coach

    CHICAGO – Raphael Wicky is the new head coach of the Chicago Fire FC. “I am honored and proud to be named the head coach of Chicago Fire FC,” said Wicky. “This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility and I can promise the fans and everyone at the Club that I will work hard and give my all. During conversations with Joe Mansueto and Georg Heitz, I felt that we all shared a similar vision for […]

  • Rachel Folden ready to lead Cubs hitting lab as first female coach

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – Rachel Folden’s comfort zone is in a batting cage. She’s spent most of her life in one – from Little League to Marshall University’s Hall of Fame to pro ball, where she helped the Chicago Bandits win two NPF Championship titles. So Folden knows a thing or two about hitting. “Connecting with the ball is connecting with the ball,” explained Folden at her Professional Faspitch Instruction Facility in Merrillville, Indiana. “Everyone wants to point to the riseball […]

  • Report: Dallas Keuchel agrees to deal with White Sox

    CHICAGO – Rick Hahn got White Sox fans an early Christmas present. According to ESPN, Dallas Keuchel and the Sox have agreed on a deal to bring the southpaw to the South Side. BREAKING: Left-hander Dallas Keuchel and the Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a deal, sources tell ESPN. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 22, 2019 Keuchel to White Sox. 3/$55.5 with a vesting 4th year that could take to 4/$74. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 22, 2019 […]

  • North Central College wins first Division III National Championship

    SHENENDOAH, Texas — North Central of Illinois made the most of its first trip to the NCAA Division III championship game, starting fast and never looking back. Ethan Greenfield ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns, Broc Rutter threw for 263 yards and two scores and North Central routed Wisconsin-Whitewater 41-14 on Friday night for its first Division III championship. How’s that Gatorade taste @cardhcjt?! pic.twitter.com/SZoFHwM8Xa — NCC Cardinals (@NCC_Athletics) December 21, 2019 I. Am. A. NATIONAL. Champion!!! pic.twitter.com/uRHDl7YFnv — […]

  • North Central College punches ticket to Division III Championship Game

    ALLENTOWN, PA – North Central College made history Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals beat Muhlenberg College in the Division III semifinals 45-14 to advance to their first ever National Championship Game. In twelve of their thirteen victories this season, North Central has eclipsed the 40 point-mark. “We knew that we had to stay foot on the pedal the whole time and keep working. That’s been our mindset all year,” noted Rutter. “We threw an interception the first play. That shows how […]

  • Bears activate Akiem Hicks for Packers game Sunday

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears defense held it together for eight games without Akiem Hicks, but he is back. Hicks was activated off injured reserve Saturday. Ben Braunecker takes his place on IR. Hicks suffered a left elbow injury in London against Oakland October 6th. He found it difficult watching games, particularly when the Bears lost four straight earlier this year. “I won’t pretend that that didn’t hurt,” Hicks said. “You feel like you can help. You feel like […]

  • Julie Ertz named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

    CHICAGO – Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz is the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. Ertz played every minute in her 14 games with the Red Stars this season as team captain, helping lead the team to its first ever NWSL Championship appearance. She also started 22 games for the U.S. Women’s National Team, scoring her first career World Cup goal against Chile in a group stage game. Ertz and the rest of the U.S. defense only conceded three […]

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