Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'Illinois River'

The Fish Menace

Just found this article in last year's New Yorker. Ian Frazier writes a travelogue of a journey following the invasive bighead and silver carp up the Illinois River. There's an amusing stop at the Redneck Fishing Tournament, a visit...

Front and Center of Chicago

WBEZ is broadcasting a great series this week about the water connections to Chicago. Reporter Gabriel Spitzer is traveling the Illinois River to explore how Chicago and Lake Michigan are connected to the Mississippi River, while Brian Mann is...

Send those fish back

Governor Pat Quinn announced a deal today to export up to 30 million pounds of Asian Carp to China. A fish processing plant in downstate Pearl, IL will be expanded using $2 million of state funds....

River Gumbo's Too Thick to Navigate - 7

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Into the American Jungle - 6

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No Beards in Beardstown - 5

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Prairie State - 4

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Poison Ivy For My Bed - 3

We woke up to a muggy morning in the midst of the poison ivy patch, after thunderstorms and stormy dreams in the middle of the night. The mosquitoes were just as ferocious as the night before. We coaxed the...

60 Miles on the I&M Canal - 2

After our first day's ride getting out of the city, camping in the woods seems far away from urban Chicago. Little critters creeped in the leaves, and I jumped up several times, sure that raccoons were raiding our supplies. But...

St. Louie or Bust - 1

Mike and I are reprising our trashboat journey with a bike trip following the Illinois River to St. Louis. I'll be taking the train home from St. Louis, while Mike continues on biking solo to California. After a lazy start,...

One Fish Among Thousands

The poisoning of the Sanitary & Shipping Canal continues today, with thousands of fish popping up dead, and only one specimen of the notorious Asian Carp. Yesterday 2200 gallons of the pesticide Rotenone were dumped into the canal near...

Stacy Found and Lost Again

Last week a decomposed body was found by cleanup crews along the Illinois River near Channahon, setting off a storm of armchair speculation that it might be famous missing Stacy Peterson, the most recent victim of alleged ladykiller Drew...

Steamed Fish for Everyone!

Prairie State Outdoors has an article about a novel fish processing plant in downstate Havana, IL which turns the vast numbers of invasive Asian carp in the Illinois River into fertilizer. The plant uses a steam process to separate...

Books - The Illinois (Rivers of America)

The Illinois by James Gray University of Illinois Press (1989) This was one of the early books in the Rivers of America series, originally published in 1940. The author was a playwright, and approaches the history of the Illinois...

Flying Fish

Today's Tribune story on the Illinois River is about the new sport of Extreme Aerial Bowfishing. Guess thats what they do for kicks in Peoria. I am really looking forward to seeing some of these leaping silver carp when we...

Illinois River in the News

Hey, the Chicago Tribune is starting a 4-part series on the Ilinois River, on Tuesdays....

Launch Point

The Army Corps of Engineers has all the navigation charts for the Illinois & Chicago Rivers online in pdf format. I knew I'd seen these a few years ago, but it took a while to re-find them: www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/NIC2/ilwwcharts.cfm...