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  • Former Rush owner arrested on fraud charges Nov 24, 2014 7:30 PM
    The former owner of the now-defunct Chicago Rush Arena Football League team has been arrested on a variety of fraud charges stemming from his purchase of the team last year. David Staral Jr., 35, of Kenosha, Wis., is accused of concealing income from creditors and the bankruptcy trustee as well as lying about the state of his personal finances when he purchased the team.

  • Chicago Slaughter cancels season at Sears Centre Jan 21, 2014 5:47 PM
    The Chicago Slaughter indoor football team has canceled its scheduled 2014 season at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, potentially leaving the door open for a completely new franchise to operate there in 2015. And with the simultaneous resting of the Chicago Rush at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, this winter is likely to be the first season since 2001 without any arena football in the Chicago-area market, Sears Centre General Manager Ben Gibbs said.

  • With Rush gone, AFL sets realignment for 2014 season Oct 29, 2013 4:11 PM
    With the Chicago Rush franchise sitting out the season after failing to find a bankable owner, Arena Football League executives met in Elk Grove Village this week to announce the league’s realignment and share best marketing practices as it prepares for its 27th season in 2014. With 14 teams in the mix, AFL officials announced division alignment for the 2014 season on Tuesday. The AFL will feature four divisions within two conferences based on geographic relationships, according to a statement released by the AFL.

  • AFL playoffs start with Shock vs. Rush Jul 31, 2013 3:53 PM
    The Chicago Rush kick off the 2013 AFL playoffs Thursday night in Spokane, Washington against the Shock. The Rush finished the season with a record of 10-8, while the Shock finished at 14-4.

  • 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.

  • Report: Rush gives up final games at Allstate May 24, 2013 6:59 PM
    According to a published report, the Chicago Rush has played its last home game this season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, and two home games in July will be moved elsewhere as the Arena Football League tries to control its costs since taking over the franchise.

  • 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.

  • Rush to salute military families Sunday May 13, 2013 4:29 PM
    The Chicago Rush will host Military Appreciation Day at 3 p.m. Sunday during their Arena Football League game with Arizona Rattlers at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The Rush have teamed up with the Wood Dale-based iD Commerce + Logistics to make Sunday's game free to all veterans, active military personnel, and their families.

  • Rush owner’s money issues force league to take over team May 7, 2013 4:35 PM
    For the second time in franchise history, the Arena Football League has taken over operations for the Chicago Rush, whose new owner is accused of failing to pay the team's bills. "It's a sad situation because it's such a good product," Allstate Arena General Manager Pat Nagle said.

  • Rush looks to extend winning streak May 2, 2013 3:32 PM
    The Chicago Rush (4-2) returns to the Allstate Arena Saturday night to face off against the Philadelphia Soul (2-3) at 7 p.m., marking the Soul's first visit since 2011.

  • Rush earns first AFL win at San Antonio Apr 6, 2013 3:32 PM
    The Chicago Rush escaped from Texas with their first Arena Football League win of the season, defeating the San Antonio Talons 4841.

  • 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.

  • Linebacker Morris rejoins Chicago Rush Mar 14, 2013 12:32 PM
    The Chicago Rush have reacquired linebacker Kelvin Morris for the upcoming Arena Football League season, team officials announced.

  • Rush single-game tickets on sale Friday Mar 6, 2013 12:39 PM
    Single-game tickets for the 2013 Chicago Rush regular season in the Arena Football League will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, team officials have announced.

  • 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.

  • AFL approves new owner for Chicago Rush Feb 8, 2013 5:03 PM
    The Chicago Rush franchise has new owner. As first reported in Crain’s Chicago Business and confirmed by the Arena Football League, private-equity firm manager David Staral Jr. has agreed to buy the franchise. While league officials say the season will start as planned on March 23, it remains uncertain if the team will return to Allstate Arena, the Rush’s home in Rosemont for years. “On a scale of 1 to 10, my confidence level is about a 2 or 3,” said Pat Nagle, general manager of Allstate Arena.

  • Culliver to have sensitivity training, help youth Feb 2, 2013 5:49 PM
    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks this week, then likely start volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.

  • AFL terminates deal with Chicago Rush owner Jan 31, 2013 9:57 PM
    Less than three months after the Arena Football League found new ownership for the Chicago Rush, league officials are taking control of the team again. And despite a promise from league officials that the season will open as scheduled on March 23, the general manager of Allstate Arena, where the Rush has played its games, is concerned about whether there is enough time to make that happen.

  • New ownership group takes over Chicago Rush Nov 21, 2012 4:31 PM
    As expected, the Arena Football League completed the sale of the Chicago Rush franchise to a new ownernship group, officials for the AFL and Rush announced Wednesday. The transaction was completed Monday to a group led by Julee White of Testarossa Entertainment, a public relations and marketing agency based in Chicago.

  • 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.

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