Since the 1880s, the Grand Lodge has supported a wide range of charities. In 1886, it opened a children’s home in Chicago and in 1888, it opened a home and hospital at Sullivan. The Chicago children’s home later moved to LaGrange, where in 1931, it cared for over 300 children. In 2004, a second children’s home was opened in southern Illinois at Murphysboro. In addition, Illinois Freemasons support the Illinois High School Academic Bowl, Childhood Identification Program (ChIP) and numerous local activities.
Today, Grand Master Anthony R. Cracco presides over the Grand Lodge of Illinois comprised of more than 475 Lodges with a membership of more than 65,000 brothers. Illinois Freemasonry has had such prominent members as Senators Stephan A. Douglas and Adlai Stevenson, Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfield, heavy-weight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, Charles Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels, the Rev. Preston Bradley, Marshall Field (founder of the department store) and W. Clement Stone.The Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F.&A.M. http://ilmason.org/site/GrandLodgeIllinois 217-529-8900