The IL CHIP program — has been adapted for Illinois from an extremely successful program begun in 1994 by Freemasons in New York. Today, members of the Masonic Fraternity in 30 States have similar programs to help parents and young families.
The IL CHIP program -- sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois -- is held by experts as the “premier child identification program” currently offered in the State of Illinois
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
The Freemasons of Illinois hold and fund the entire cost of identification workshops for families all around the State of Illinois. These are called ILCHIP events. They're sponsored by local Masonic Lodges and held at neighborhood functions or community schools. We put together everything parents need to help the authorities find their lost child. It's the most comprehensive program of its kind ...and it is FREE OF CHARGE TO PARENTS.
Best of all, it only takes 10-minutes and supplies parents with a complete child identification package that can be taken home or carried with the family on vacation. The information -- most of which is contained on a CD -- is compact and totally private. The IL CHIP program keeps only the parental permission form!
HERE'S WHAT THE PARENTS GET AT AN ILCHIP EVENT
Below are materials used for IL CHIP events. These materials are available for parents to preview or event hosts to reproduce for an upcoming event.
- Color Photo that records image and height and is digitized on a convenient CD that can be easily
circulated by police to the media and distributed across the State within an hour via Illinois’ Amber
- DNA Sample taken through a saliva cheek swab is the latest tool in the scientific arsenal to make
positive ID’s of lost children.
- Fingerprints are the oldest form of positive identification since they are unique to every person.
- Recorded Interview captures on the same CD as the picture the appearance, speech patterns,
personal characteristics, and mannerisms for easy media distribution.
IL CHIP EVENTS
If you would like to put on a child identification event, below is a planning guide.
Notices of new events must be provided using the below notice form.
Future IL CHIP events are posted on the Grand Lodge website calendar.