Grafton en Market for Asian carp maturing in Illinois <p>When the French explorer Père Marquette traveled down the Illinois River in 1673, his journal tells of encounters with “monstrous fish” so large they nearly overturned his canoe.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In all likelihood the fish Marquette was talking about were channel catfish, but nearly 340 years later fisherman Josh Havens says it’s bighead carp... and silver carp which now harass boaters on the Illinois (silver carp are the jumpers).</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Adam Allington 4610 at Market for Asian carp maturing in Illinois Developers detail planned Asian carp-processing plant in Grafton, Ill. <p><strong>Updated 5:04 p.m.</strong> <em>with more details.</em></p><p>The tiny riverfront community of Grafton, Ill. has announced plans to build a plant to process Asian carp culled from the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.</p><p>The plant represents a $5.4 million joint venture between American Heartland Fish in Grafton, Falcon Protein, based in Alabama, and Wuhan Hui Chang Real Estate, a Chinese investment group.</p><p>Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says the new plant will provide a welcome influx of good paying jobs.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:11:15 +0000 Adam Allington 3907 at Developers detail planned Asian carp-processing plant in Grafton, Ill. Grafton Ferry to resume operation <p><iframe marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src=";source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=grafton,+IL&amp;aq=&amp;sll=38.89778,-90.170202&amp;sspn=0.049832,0.111494&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Grafton,+Jersey,+Illinois&amp;ll=38.970048,-90.431505&amp;spn=0.024058,0.055747&amp;t=h&amp;z=14&amp;output=embed" width="425" frameborder="0" height="350" scrolling="no"></iframe><br> <small><a href=";source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=grafton,+IL&amp;aq=&amp;sll=38.89778,-90.170202&amp;sspn=0.049832,0.111494&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Grafton,+Jersey,+Illinois&amp;ll=38.970048,-90.431505&amp;spn=0.024058,0.055747&amp;t=h&amp;z=14" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-align: left;">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p>The<a href=";utm_medium=twitter"> St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting</a> that the <a href="">Grafton Ferry</a>, recently <a href="">thought to be closing after 8 years of operation</a>, will be back in operation this spring.</p><p>The paper reports that the <a href="">City Council of Grafton, Ill</a>. has approved the city's purchase of the former Grafton Ferry landing in St. Charles County.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:03:14 +0000 Kelsey Proud 400 at