Committed to the principle that an informed Mason is a better Mason, the Illinois Lodge of Research encourages members to study subjects connected with the Craft and offers opportunities to share research with other lodge members and our brethren in general.

About the Illinois Lodge of Research

Like all of the other Masonic Lodges in Illinois, the Illinois Lodge of Research has a purpose, structure, and order of business. We hold meetings, accept new members, and recognize the wonderful and beneficial accomplishments and contributions of our members. One difference, however, is that the Illinois Lodge of Research does not confer Masonic degrees. We are purely a Masonic education-driven lodge.

What is the Illinois Lodge of Research?
Want to find out how the Illinois Lodge of Research began? What its purpose is? What it takes to become a member? Click here to have many of your questions answered.

Annual Transaction
It’s an odd name for a publication, but our Annual Transaction contains all of the submitted, accepted, and chosen articles that were collected in the Masonic year prior to editing and publication. It also contains our annual meeting minutes. Learn more here.

Illinois Lodge of Research Library
Located at the Normal Masonic Temple, one charge of the Illinois Lodge of Research is to oversee and maintain Illinois’ premiere Masonic research library. Learn more about the Library here.

Torok Foundation
Behind the Illinois Lodge of Research sits the Torok Foundation, founded as a support organization for the lodge and to champion other aspects of Masonic education in Illinois. Get the details here.

Award Winners
The Illinois Lodge of Research actively recognizes contributors to Masonic education. In fact, we have various awards. levels of activity, and designations. Take a look.

Download a Petition

Want to join or know a Master Mason who would enjoy the Illinois Lodge of Research? Download a petition by clicking here.

You can also download our combination brochure AND petition by clicking here. Learn about the Illinois Lodge of Research and see if we are the right fit for your Masonic education needs and desires.

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2018 Mid-State Educational Symposium
March 24th, 2018 • Homer Masonic Temple, Homer, Illinois

Early Summer 2018 North-State Educational Symposium
June 23rd, 2018 • Libertyville Masonic Temple, Libertyville, Illinois

Deadline for articles for Annual Transactions
July 31st, 2018 to WB Hilton Kaufman

Lodge of Research Annual Meeting
October 5th, 2018 in the afternoon at Grand Lodge

“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

— Sylvia Plath

Learn About the Lodge

Like any Masonic lodges, we have a structure and predictability. There are some distinct differences, however. We invite you to learn more.

Member Benefits

From a group of like-minded brethren, advice and instruction on researching and writing, to opportunities to expose your creativity, learn why our lodge is unique.

Time to Join?

If you think you'd like to join the Illinois Lodge of Research, we have everything you need to make that a reality. Find out how to take the next step.

We'd Like to Hear From You

The Illinois Lodge of Research values the ideas, opinions, and input of our members. We'd like to hear from you when you have a problem, inspiration, or would like to contribute in some way to the lodge or overall Craft. Please reach out to our Worshipful Master or Lodge Secretary or complete the quick-inquiry form below.

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Get in Contact

Worshipful Master

WB James M. Tome

P.O. Box 462

Sycamore, Illinois  60178

(815) 508-3878

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WB Jeff Estes

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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MWB Barry Weer

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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