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  •  Auditions to become a member of the Adrenaline Rush dancers with the AFL's Chicago Rush will take place in November.

    Rush to hold dancer auditions next month Oct 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

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    Lake Zurich man wins AFL Equipment Manager of the Year award Aug 20, 2012 12:00 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.

  •  Former Rush defensive lineman Derek Walker (90) was signed by the Bears last week and is expected to play today against the Washington Redskins.

    Former Illini, Rush lineman ready for Bears debut Aug 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    Former Glenbard East, University of Illinois and Chicago Rush defensive lineman Derek Walker will begin his NFL comeback Saturday in the Bears preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

  •  Jared Perry’s 133 receptions for the Chicago Rush this season earned him Rookie of the Years honors in the Arena Football League.

    Rush wide receiver Perry grabs AFL rookie honorsAug 11, 2012 12:00 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.

  •  Chicago Rush head coach Bob McMillen, here celebrating a touchdown with wide receiver Reggie Gray while keeping his eyes on the next play, missed the playoffs this season.

    Rush misses playoffs ... and future is uncertainJul 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Scott Bailey, Chicago Rush director of Player Personnel / Special Teams coach & coordinator, keeps boards in his office with names of potential football players. He has to find several each week to fill out the team's roster.

    For Rush personnel director, its more than name game Jul 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Drone, Rush outmatch Mustangs Jul 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    In his second start of the season, quarterback Luke Drone settled in quick to direct the Chicago Rush to its tenth victory of the year Saturday night in Milwaukee. On the strength of his 7-touchdown effort, the Rush (10-7) defeated the Milwaukee Mustangs 57-54 in front of 6,284 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

  • Rush to miss playoffs for the first time Jul 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    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 TalonsJul 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  In 17 career games at Allstate Arena, Rush head coach Bob McMillen has led his AFL team to a 15-2 record.

    Rush again hope to straighten out road woes Jun 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  Chicago Rush quarterback Russ Michna is having his best season ever in the AFL, and he leads the league in passing efficiency.

    After 9 years, 5 leagues, Michna at home with Rush Jun 21, 2012 12:00 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 fieldJun 16, 2012 12:00 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 QB breaks passing records in 73-62 win over ShockJun 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    Chicago Rush linebacker Kelvin Morris will wear No. 37 in honor of his close friend and former teammate Johnie Kirton who passed away Monday.

  • Chicago Rush hits the road to face San Jose May 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Rush will hit the road this weekend to play the San Jose SaberCats, an Arena Football League power that has not lost a home game since May 28, 2011. The 6-3 Rush, just a half-game behind San Antonio in the Central Division, is 1-4 all time at the HP Pavilion. San Jose leads the West Division with a 7-3 record.

  • Can Rush avenge playoff loss to Arizona? May 10, 2012 12:00 AM
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  •  Record-setting wide receiver Reggie Gray snared more Arena Football League honors with his two touchdown receptions in Sunday’s victory over Iowa. Gray has the most all-purpose touchdowns in team history.

    Rush wide receiver Gray grabs more AFL honors May 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Chicago Rush wide receiver Reggie Gray has been awarded the AFL Spalding Highlight of the Week to commemorate his record-breaking touchdown catch in Sundays the victory over Iowa. With a 34-yard touchdown toss from Russ Michna, Gray surpassed Etu Molden for the most all-purpose touchdowns in team history.Theres nothing like playing in front of your hometown and actually breaking a record of someone like (Etu) Molden. Its a great accomplishment, Gray said.

  •  With a big game against the Iowa Barnstormers on Sunday for the Chicago Rush on Sunday, wide receiver Reggie Gray could grab two franchise records for touchdown receptions and all-purpose scoring.

    No gray area: Rush wide receiver a record setter May 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    In 2½ seasons with the Rush, Reggie Gray has 68 touchdown catches, 2 short of the team record. With his 4 kickoff-return scores, he has 72 all-purpose TDs, just 1 short of the franchise mark. Both records are within his grasp when the 5-2 Rush host the 3-4 Iowa Barnstormers at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Gray talks about his success in football, his life off the field, and why the NFL hasn't come calling.

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