Articles by David E. Smith
By David E. Smith   |   04.14.14
Bloomberg’s Brian Miller reports on the U.S. gambling industry on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg) ...
Illinois House Passes Another Bullying Bill
By David E. Smith   |   04.10.14
How did they vote? This afternoon, the Illinois House voted 64 to 43 to pass HB 5707, a completely unnecessary proposal...
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SCOTUS Quashes Case Defending Freedom of Conscience
By David E. Smith   |   04.08.14
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has dealt a severe blow to religious freedom and freedom of speech...
UPDATE:  POLST Bill Passes in Illinois Senate
By David E. Smith   |   04.03.14
How did they vote? Earlier this afternoon, the Illinois Senate voted 34-18 with one voting present to pass SB 3076, a...
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Legislation to Delay Common Core — Hearing This Wednesday
By David E. Smith   |   03.24.14
This Wednesday, State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) will be presenting HR 543 before the House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee....
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Bulletin Insert — No Excuse Not to Vote
By David E. Smith   |   02.17.14
Next month, during the primary election, citizens in Illinois will cast ballots to nominate candidates for a number of important...
Banning Federal Funding of Abortion (Update)
By David E. Smith   |   02.06.14
Only 7 Illinois Reps Vote to Ban Federal Abortion Funding Republican members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation have voted to slap...
Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 18
By David E. Smith   |   02.03.14
Deadline to register to vote is just two weeks away.   Tuesday, February 18th is the last day to register...
Order Bulk Voter Guides Now
By David E. Smith   |   01.27.14
We are currently taking orders for our 2014 Primary Election Voter Guide. The non-partisan IFI Voter Guide helps voters know more...
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Illinois is in the Bottom Half for Life — But Improving
By David E. Smith   |   01.23.14
There is a new study out from Americans United for Life (AUL) that looks at the abortion policies in all...
Annual SpeakOut Illinois Conference on Feb 1st
By David E. Smith   |   01.17.14
Join the IFI Team and many other great pro-life advocates at the annual SpeakOut Illinois Conference. This year’s event will...
Hold a Voter Registration Drive!!
By David E. Smith   |   01.08.14
Registering to vote is the first step in engaging in civic life and becoming a good steward of your God-given responsibility of self-government. Any Illinois citizen who will be eighteen by Election Day is eligible to register. The process for registering is easy and convenient, but, sadly, millions of Americans choose not to take the time. Estimates count that from 35 percent to 50 percent of Americans are not registered to vote.
Video Slot Machines for Tinley Park?
By David E. Smith   |   01.06.14
According to a recent article in the Southtown Star newspaper, elected officials in the Village of Tinley Park are planning to pass an ordinance to allow video gambling machines within city limits. The vote may come as early as the next village board meeting on January 7, 2014.
Resolve to Pray for Government Officials
By David E. Smith   |   01.01.14
Happy New Year to you and your family! We fully realize that 2014 will be an important year for our...
Something Must Be Done
By David E. Smith   |   12.31.13
I hope you are all celebrating a joyous end to 2013 in the company of family and friends. As the...
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

Before becoming Illinois Family Institute’s executive director in late 2006, David worked at IFI as a senior policy analyst for two years.

From 1996 – 2004, David worked as an aide to a City of Chicago Alderman.  During that time, he was a volunteer decency advocate for the group Citizens for Community Values of Illinois, filing 70 indecency complaints over a period of four years with the FCC against a nationally syndicated radio shock jock based in Chicago.  His efforts resulted in fines totaling $300,000 against the radio station owner.

In 2005 – 2006, David led the Protect Marriage Illinois voter referendum project, filing more than 347,000 signatures at the Illinois State Board of Elections.  Unfortunately, state and county employees discredited almost 70 percent of the names from the Cook County jurisdiction, bringing the final count to less than the required number needed.

David has been interviewed for numerous radio, television and cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as sex education, broadcast decency gambling, abortion, homosexuality, drug decriminalization and pornography.

An alumnus of the Family Research Council’s Witherspoon Fellowship, Dave graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science in 1998.  He and his wife of 19 years are blessed to be the parents of six young children.

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