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Chicago Rush owner on past felony convictions: ‘My past is my past’

The convicted thief who bought the Chicago Rush three months ago says he never expected his criminal background to be a big problem in owning the Arena Football League’s premier franchise. And David Staral Jr. says his shady past had nothing to do with what he says was his decision to “walk away” from the team last week.

 

Ex-coach: Chicago Rush has folded

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The Arena Football League has spent nearly a year trying to find stable ownership for the Chicago Rush, including once selling the team to convicted felon David Staral Jr.

Arena football team owner’s record: convictions, lawsuits, financial trouble

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He’s a convicted thief, currently on probation. He filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy just months ago. He’s been trailed by lawsuits, liens and allegations he’s ripped other people off, even his neighbor. Meet the new owner of the Chicago Rush, the man proclaimed as the savior of the Arena Football League’s most prominent franchise. David Staral Jr. was unveiled as the new owner of the Rush in February. The 34-year-old West Town resident announced at the time, “This is the new regime, it’s a whole new ball game.”

Miscues on routine plays doom Rush as winning streak ends at four

The Rush’s penchant for making spectacular plays will help the team win games, but its players shouldn’t be foolish enough to think that allows them the luxury of botching routine tasks. When the Rush hosted the Philadelphia Soul Saturday at Allstate Arena, it made as …

Rush coach points finger at porous defense after defeat

Arena-league rules favor the offense, but that doesn’t mean defenses are absolved of making an impact. So after the Rush’s 76-61 loss Sunday against the Spokane Shock at Allstate Arena in which the Shock scored on every possession except its last when it ran out …

Rush opens with a clunker at home

The Rush’s 2013 season opener featured a lot of new things: new owner, new logo, new uniforms and a new theme of “redemption” after failing to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2012. That “redemption” directive didn’t get off to …

Rush owner, AFL split ways; Allstate says ‘impossible’ for team to play full schedule

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The Arena Football League has terminated its relationship with Rush owner Julee White less than three months after she purchased the team from the league. According to a news release, the Rush will play a full schedule of games in 2013, though Pat Nagle, the …

Rush back in business with new owner

Having owned the Rush for only about five weeks, ­David Staral Jr. had little to do with the franchise’s turmoil this offseason. But while he was looking forward when he addressed the media for the first time Monday, he acknowledged the challenges the Rush will …

Rush falls out of last playoff spot

The Rush won’t need a magnifying glass to dissect its game Saturday against the San Jose SaberCats at Allstate Arena. The team made glaring mistakes throughout, resulting in a 75-61 loss, its first home defeat this season. The Rush (9-6), which fell a half-game behind …

Rush offense gets rolling again in rout of Force

Just a week removed from calling Rush quarterback Russ Michna the hottest signal-caller in the Arena Football League, coach Bob McMillen might have found himself biting his tongue when the team suffered the worst loss in franchise history June 9 at Utah. But Michna vindicated …

Rush QB Russ Michna throws nine TD passes on record day

Facing the Spokane Shock and the Arena Football League’s worst defense Sunday at Allstate Arena was enough to whet the appetite of Rush quarterback Russ Michna. But the veteran signal-caller couldn’t have been prepared for the feast that would come. Michna set single-game franchise records …

Reggie Gray sets Rush touchdown record in win over Barnstormers

Reggie Gray caught two touchdown passes and set a franchise record for career touchdowns with 74 in the Rush’s 61-50 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers on Sunday at Allstate Arena. Gray’s 70 career touchdown catches tie him with Bobby Sippio atop the franchise list. “It …

Rush stays unbeaten with 69-40 victory against Command

Rush receiver Jared Perry on Saturday notified the rest of the Arena Football League that defenses no longer can focus only on Reggie Gray. Perry had 10 receptions for 175 yards and five touchdowns in the Rush’s 69-40 victory against the Kansas City Command at …

Rush rebound after slow start, beat Predators

Typically, a bad offensive start in an Arena Football League game is crippling. So when the Rush failed to score on its first three possessions Thursday against the Orlando Predators at Allstate Arena, the outcome looked ominous for the home team. But as it did …

Rush back to work, beats Storm in season opener

Under the cloud of a work stoppage, Rush players might have questioned whether their season would start on time. Most Orlando and Pittsburgh regulars sat out the league opener Friday in a game played with replacements. But the AFL players union had its members return …

Rush’s success starts on defense

Last year, the Rush was the kind of team that probably left Arena Football League executives scratching their heads. In a league built for offense, the Rush set the AFL record with 56 takeaways and allowed a league-low 46 points per game. It won a …