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  • Rush’s McMillen not distracted by HOF nomination Jul 4, 2013 10:07 AM
    Chicago Rush head coach Bob McMillen is one of the finalists for the 2013 Arena Football Hall of Fame class. The Naperville resident won three AFL championships in 13 seasons in the AFL as a fullback/linebacker. In 2006, he helped the Rush win their first championship and was named the ArenaBowl Ironman of the Game. McMillen is honored by the possibility of becoming a hall of famer, but he's focused on getting his team to the playoffs and beating the Philadelphia Soul this weekend.

  • Spellman's Scorecard: Not best of times for Allstate Arena May 17, 2013 10:56 AM
    It hasn't been the best of weeks for Allstate Arena general manager Pat Nagle. First, he discovers the new owner of the Chicago Rush has been accused of not paying the team's bills and thus, for the second time in recent years, the team is taken over by the league — once again leaving the future of the franchise in limbo. And then it's announced Thursday that another Allstate tenant, DePaul, will soon be playing its games in a new downtown arena.

  • Rebuilt Rush setting sights on AFL playoffs Mar 21, 2013 4:33 PM
    A lot has changed for the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League, but coach Bob McMillen believes his team has enough new and old talent to make a championship run after failing to make the playoffs last year for the first time in franchise history.

  • Rush to kickoff AFL season March 23 at Allstate Mar 1, 2013 11:03 AM
    Courtesy of a signature on the dotted line by new owner David Staral Jr. a little over three weeks before their March 23 home opener, the Chicago Rush finally has a deal to play its 2013 home games at the Allstate Arena.

  • New ownership on the way for AFL’s Rush Nov 13, 2012 6:27 PM
    Since taking over operations of the Chicago Rush in the fall of 2011, the Arena Football League has been desperately seeking a local ownership group to take over. It sounds like they may have finally found one.

  • Rush to hold dancer auditions next month Oct 4, 2012 3:34 PM
    The Chicago Rush Adrenaline Dancers will hold auditions for the 2013 team starting in November. Led by Team Coordinator Gloria Esposito, the Adrenaline Rush Dancers have become one of the top dance troupes in the Arena Football League.

  • Lake Zurich man wins AFL Equipment Manager of the Year award Aug 20, 2012 6:00 AM
    The Arena Football League announced Chicago Rush equipment manager Jeff Henderson of Lake Zurich earned AFL Equipment Manager of the Year for the 2012 season.

  • Rush wide receiver Perry grabs AFL rookie honors Aug 11, 2012 12:55 AM
    A year ago, it was rookie defensive back Vic Hall who took home Defensive Player of the Year honors for the Chicago Rush. This year, wide receiver Jared Perry of the Rush captured Arena Football League honors as the Net10 Rookie of the Year on the strength of 133 receptions, 1,811 receiving yards and 33 total touchdowns for the Chicago franchise.

  • Rush misses playoffs ... and future is uncertain Jul 28, 2012 11:23 PM
    As the Chicago Rush enterthe offseason after missing the postseason for the first time in franchise history, uncertainty looms amid asearch for new ownership and Arena League labor negotiations.

  • For Rush personnel director, its more than name game Jul 20, 2012 4:38 PM
    Chicago Rush player personnel director Scott Bailey's office walls are covered in names. From Arena League players to undrafted college players to NFL cast-offs, Bailey scouts them all. In the AFL, where players sign just one-year contracts and roster turnover is second nature, he needs to be ready to fill a spot at any moment. Chad Thornburg has more on the inner workings of the Rush and the AFL in this report.

  • Rush to miss playoffs for the first time Jul 8, 2012 11:05 PM
    The Arena Football League postseason will go on without the Chicago Rush for the first time in the franchise's 11-year history. The Rush was eliminated from the playoff race in a 61-54 loss to the San Antonio Talons at the Allstate Arena on Sunday.

  • Rush face must-win challenge against first place San Antonio Talons Jul 6, 2012 10:59 PM
    With playoff hopes on the line, the Chicago Rush face another must-win game at home, and the first-place San Antonio Talons stand in the way. The Talons enter Sunday afternoon's contest in Rosemont on a nine-game winning streak and will be looking to clinch the National Conference Central Division with a win.

  • Rush lose to San Jose, fall behind in playoff race Jun 30, 2012 10:40 PM
    The Chicago Rush can be beaten at home. Saturday night's game against San Jose proved as much as the SaberCats handed the Rush its first blemish on an otherwise perfect home record with a 75-61 loss.

  • Playoff berth on the line for Rush, SaberCats Jun 29, 2012 6:07 PM
    The Chicago Rush and San Jose SaberCats are battling for the fourth and final Arena Football League playoff spot in the National Conference. The team that leaves Allstate Arena on Saturday night with a win is likely the team that makes the playoffs, while the losing side will need help from other teams to keep playoff hopes alive.

  • Rush again hope to straighten out road woes Jun 22, 2012 3:54 PM
    The Chicago Rush hit the road against the Kansas City Command on Saturday and hope to overcome the struggles the team has had away from Allstate Arena.

  • After 9 years, 5 leagues, Michna at home with Rush Jun 21, 2012 10:43 AM
    Russ Michna is one of the few—if not the only—players to have signed with a team in every currently active professional football league. Now the starting quarterback for the AFL's Chicago Rush, Michna is having one of the best seasons of his career.

  • Big night for Rush on and off the field Jun 17, 2012 1:02 AM
    The AFL Players Union and owners reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement Saturday night while the Chicago Rush defeated the Georgia Force 62-27.

  • Rush skills camp in Libertyville Jun 10, 2012 6:37 PM
    The Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League, will be conducting a special skills clinic and autograph session for fans of all ages from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at the Libertyville Sports Complex, Route 45 and Peterson Road.

  • Rush QB breaks passing records in 73-62 win over Shock Jun 3, 2012 9:28 PM
    Chicago Rush quarterback torched the Spokane Shock for 412 yards and nine touchdowns on 32-of-38 passing in a 73-62 victory at home.

  • Chicago Rush’s Morris to wear No. 37 in memory of former teammate Jun 1, 2012 6:47 PM
    Chicago Rush linebacker Kelvin Morris will wear No. 37 in honor of his close friend and former teammate Johnie Kirton who passed away Monday.

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