The Greater Illinois Chapter is comprised of all the Illinoisans who have joined the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis and the work that they do through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Volunteers, staff, healthcare workers, researchers, donors, advocates and partners together represent the Greater Illinois Chapter and all the many ways it’s possible to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is the only voluntary health organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, alleviation and cure of MS. Not only that, but we are the only voluntary organization that meets the standards of all major agencies that rate non-profit groups.
Within a 50-state network of chapters working to advance the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s mission, the Greater Illinois Chapter is a leader in securing funds for MS clinical research. In addition, the chapter provides a wide variety of programs and services for people living with MS, their families and friends, and healthcare professionals across Illinois.
The Chapter covers a 73-county territory, starting at the Wisconsin-Illinois border and extending south through the northern and central areas of Illinois. Counties are grouped into seven regions for the purposes of planning and delivering programs, services and fundraising activities:
Cook Region: Cook County
Northeast Region: DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, McHenry and Will Counties
Northwest Region: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties
Central Region: DeWitt, Fulton, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford Counties
West Region: Brown, Bureau, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, Rock Island, Schuyler, Warren and Whiteside Counties
East Region: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Vermilion, Wabash and Wayne Counties
South Central Region: Adams, Cass, Christian, Macon, Menard, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Scott and Shelby Counties