The Plainfield Tornado: 20 Years Later

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    Twenty years after a tornado ripped through Plainfield, Ill., killing 29 people, the town gathers to remember what happened.

    Survivors of a deadly tornado that roared across the northern Illinois village of Plainfield have marked the storm's 20th anniversary.

    About 200 people gathered Saturday for a ceremony that was held near downtown Plainfield on a spot that was in the storm's path.

    The Aug. 28, 1990, tornado killed 29 people and injured more than 300.

    Remembering the Plainfield Tornado

    [CHI] Remembering the Plainfield Tornado
    Twenty years after a tornado ripped through Plainfield, Ill., killing 29 people, the town gathers to remember what happened.

    Plainfield Trustee Paul Fay says 29 trees will be planted as a tribute to the victims.

    Justina Page lost her 17-year-old daughter, Latisha Herrod, and 5-week-old granddaughter, Titiania Brown, in the storm.

    She says the ceremony means that people still care.

    The tornado damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 buildings and caused about $200 million in damage. The Will County communities of Crest Hill and Joliet also were affected.