Sentimental Winds Bring Documents, Photos, a Wedding Veil Down to Earth from Destructive Washington, Illinois Tornado

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After an EF4 tornado hit Washington, Illinois, the storm path headed straight for the south side of Chicago, and dropped photos, documents, personal items, and a wedding veil. The tornado was on the ground for 46.2 miles, but lifted before hitting suburbs close to Chicago.

The Daily Herald reported that a man in Arlington Heights found a check that belongs to Keith Zimmerman, a music professor at Bradley University. Daily Herald reporter Melissa Silverberg reports that as of early Tuesday, Zimmerman could not be reach, but his secretary told her that he is not injured.

So many items have been found, especially in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, that a Facebook page exists to help connect people with lost photos, documents and other personal items.

An ornament of an angel with a trumpet found in a tree west of Minonk

A canceled check written from the account of A. JoAnn Puckett and Joseph W. Puckett from Washington was found in Plainfield.

An inspirational book with artwork of a water pump and a steeple was found in Plainfield, Illinois.

Several family photos found near Midway International Airport on Cicero Avenue.

Photo of a child and his grandmother with a stuffed animal lamb on a table was found in Naperville.

A family picture found in Bolingbrook.

Orange-and-black Panthers sports program with signatures on the back.

School report from the Diocese of Peoria found in Joliet, near New Lenox

Family photo dated August, 1970 found in Joliet

Torn document addressed to Dean R Zehr of Washington, Illinois found near Braidwood, Illinois.

Photo of brothers found near Braidwood.

Photo of woman and another 100 documents and pictures found in a farm field in Minooka.

Army Honorable Discharge certificate for Charles Leander Koonce (Koance) who enlisted May 18, 1953.

Blank check of Lois R. Bailey of Washington, Illinois found in Sherwood.

This Little Golden Book belongs to Jennifer Mueratto 1972 cover — only the cover was found in Morris, Illinois.

Photos, deflated soccer ball, letter from Kep’s Sports Bar & Grill found in Morris, Illinois.

Black-and-white photo of woman from June 1957 found in driveway in Shorewood, Illinois.

Photo of Dalmatian found in a field in Minooka.

Photo of dog sleeping and a photo of a girl looking up at camera in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Photo of two boys or brothers hugging in front of a pool with a fountain in downtown Naperville found in Shorewood, Illinois.

First Floor Daily Patient Census for from 10/29/2013 — apparently from Washington Christian Village found in Plainfield, Illinois.

Invitation to Drew’s Birthday Prom for December 14th, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Urbana found in Bradley, Illinois.

Pictures and an obituary news clipping for Edward Copp found in Shorewood, Illinois.

Photo of baby with pacifier in gold frame found in cornfield next to Cross Roads Church in Washington, Illinois.

Torn yearbook page found in Wheaton, Illinois.

Mother and daughter (photo) in front of window with palm tree outside found in Plainfield, Illinois.

Document addressed to Andrea D White found in Wheaton, Illinois.

Torn photo of two girls found in Plainfield, Illinois.

Document, possibly just advertisement, addressed to Michael Mercer, of Washington, Illinois found in Lockport, Illinois.

Immunizations record from the 1980s from Dr Robert Easton found in Joliet, Illinois.

Newspaper clipping about Roanoke Park building “read at reunion” 1987 found in Joliet

Photo of family with woman in wedding veil

X-Ray film developed showing a forearm and elbow from St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria found in unspecified location.

Photo of bride and groom at waterfront. Photo says Shutterfly 17 . 54 . 58 jpg. 2012-06-08 (72) on reverse. Found on RockRun Nature trail in Joliet/Plainfield area.

Senior frogs Cancún shirt and black Size 4 banana republic jeans found in yard in Streator.

Photo of girl doing the splits found in Minooka, Illinois.

Photo of girl in ballerina outfit on small bulletin board for Emily.

Wedding photo groom kissing bride in church found in Joliet.

School photo of boy (2×2 torn) found in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Photo of male teen found at Black and I-55 in Joliet.

Group family photo of a wedding found in Morris/Minooka area.

Hello, how are you holding up? on letter dated 2-10-2004 found in Minooka, Illinois.

Torn page from football playbook found in Morris, Illinois. MOT LT 36 LEAD

Photo of girl found in Morris, Illinois.

Torn photo of boy and girl near birthday cake found in Morris, Illinois.

Torn photo of Boxer dog on rug in corner of room found in Morris, Illinois.

Torn photo of boy and girl found in Joliet, Illinois.

Photo of sleeping baby in pink in car seat found in Morris, Illinois.

Family photo of mother with two daughters with pumpkins in white wood wheelbarrow found in Chicago.

Black-and-white photo of nurse from Shirley N Sadler, Memorial Hospital of Springfield School of Nursing 1957 found in Shorewood, Illinois.

Yellow LIFE $100,000 game money found in unspecified location, found in Shorewood(?).

Check zero amount from Mike Miller Auto Park to Jeffery P Kelly — both parties from Peoria, found in Shorewood.

Panthers sports program (basketball?) from 2010-2011 found in Morris, Illinois.

W-2 for Justin Kelly of Peoria found in Joliet, just north of Shorewood, Illinois.

Baby picture in high chair with balloons (birthday?) found in Bridgview, Illinois.

Old document (genealogy card/family possibly Kindig) of Tazewell Deaths written with a pen dating back to 1856 found in unspecified location.

Title from Secretary of State of Illinois Alan Dixon found in Joliet, Illinois.

Photo of baby and cat found in Joliet, Illinois.

Photo of baby, shirtless, next to upside down bucket found in Countryside, Illinois.

Photo of couple at Nightime NOEL with lamppost decoration found possibly near Joliet, Illinois.

Mr & Mrs.Bryan Wetta Wedding, 12/07/03 foundin Justice, Illinois.

Torn page from Bible and other papers …… part of paper says Mens Rehab Center in Peoria found in Joliet/Shorewood, Il

Photo of Chelsea and Brittney 6/2008 found in Plainfield.

Cancelled check from 1989 Names~ Conrad or Linda Wieland on Devon Ln, Washington , Illinois found in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Photo of Asian boy wearing white Oshkosh shirt and glasses found in Shorewood, Illinois.

Photo of couple at wedding found in unspecified location.

Bank document account summary found of Mary Ellen Bevenour found in Lockport, Illinois

Photo of four women at Christmas found in Hillside, Illinois on Sunday afternoon.

Torn black-and-white photo of baby found in Lemont, Illinois.

Photo at wedding, possibly with DJ found Shorewood, Illinois.

Photo of couple in Halloween costumes — Lone ranger and lady in hat — found in Plainfield, Illinois.

Note found in Washington on Westgate Rd. from a daughter named Kara.

Torn photo of a man and woman found in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Envelope addressed to Steve Viki Bucher of Washington, Illinois found in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Multiple wedding photos in church found in Romeoville, Illinois.

Genealogy document of Frank Ohlemiller, Robert J. Bour, Francis Bour, Kelsch, Ryan of Peoria area found in Lemont, Illinois.

Torn note “Dave, Best of luck and don’t break any more bones than you have to. Dave Kinsinger” found Lockport, Illinois.

Photo of two boys in front of Christmas tree found in Washington, Illinois.

Young adult male sticking his tongue out from 4/28/2007 found in Joliet, Illinois.

Photo of young girl in red with checkered skirt found in Shorewood, Illinois.

Post Card picture of Washington Park found in Lockport, Illinois.

Torn photo of group at table found in Joliet, Illinois.

Photo of boy with glasses at Christmas found in Shorewood, Illinois.

Madison Adams school ID from Central Intermediate School in Washington, Illinois was found in the Amtrak Chicago yard, 1600 south Lumber Street, Chicago.

Tyler Doolan school ID from Central Intermediate School in Washington, Illinois was found in Lisle, Illinois.

Torn photo of a band dated May 2002 found in the Plainfield/Oswego area.

Girl in a snow white costume helped, apparently by her mother, dated 10/4/1998 found in Lockport, Illinois.

Torn picture of man and child found in Plainfield, Illinois.

Photo of woman and child on backyard or side yard deck found in Glen Ellyn.

Torn photo found near Midway International Airport.

Torn photo basketball player #55 found in Minooka, Illinois.

Wedding invitation for Becky Lynn Master to Rodney Allen Lauss found in Minooka.

Torn photo of a girl found in Home Glen, Illinois. Another photo of the same girl was found in Lockport, Illinois.

Torn Christmas letter — Greeting from the Grants – Christmas, 2012 found in Channahon Illinois.

Photo of a boy on a bike taken at Safety Town in Peoria dated 5-24-1998 found in Lockport, Illinois.

Photo of a girl in a brown dress on a stool found in Lockport, Illinois.

Torn photo of basketball marquee sign … ell’s cycling & Fitness Schwinn found in Joliet.

Torn photo of a boy eating a cookie found in Channahon, Illinois.

National Piano Playing Auditions certificate for Morgan Breannan found in Lockport, Illinois.

Photo of three high-school age boys in front of a fireplace found in a window well in Plainfield, Illinois.

Ford recall notice SPECIAL ACTION REQUEST addressed to Steve D. Neubauer, the man identified as killed by the tornado in Washington, Illinois on Sunday.

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