Articles by David E. Smith
A Federal Opportunity to Defund Planned Parenthood
By David E. Smith   |   08.01.15
In the wake of yet another video linking Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, to the sale of organs from...
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Join us at our Annual Banquet Celebration!
By David E. Smith   |   07.29.15

Early Bird Specials Expire on August 31st!

The Illinois Family Institute is very pleased to invite you to attend the 2015...
Congress Responds to Latest Controversy Involving Planned Parenthood
By David E. Smith   |   07.17.15
This week, U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-West Chicago), Randy Hultgren (R-Campton Hills), Daniel Lipinski (D-Chicago),  Mike Bost (R-Belleville), Rodney Davis (R-Decatur),  and John...
Protect Your Church or Ministry from Sexual Orientation Lawsuits
By David E. Smith   |   06.30.15
SOGI Manual CoverSexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) lawsuits against individuals and ministries have increased in the past couple years, but with the...
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Don’t Lose Heart!
By David E. Smith   |   06.27.15
A poem by Rev. Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901), best known as the author of the hymn “This is My Father’s...
IFI On the Move!
By David E. Smith   |   06.13.15
Faith. Family. Freedom. At the beginning of the year, we unexpectedly learned that we would need to move the IFI...
Federal Court Says Pro-Life Message is “Offensive”  
By David E. Smith   |   06.09.15
A federal appeals court has ruled that the State of New York may prohibit the issuance of “Choose Life” license...
Rights of Conscience, Springfield Update
By David E. Smith   |   06.01.15
The Illinois General Assembly adjourned yesterday afternoon, ending their regularly scheduled spring session.  They did so, however, without finalizing a...
Human Trafficking Bill Wins Final Passage
By David E. Smith   |   05.22.15
The U.S. Congress has given final approval to a comprehensive bill that would strengthen federal laws banning the sexual trafficking...
Illinois House Approves Freedom Quashing Reparative Therapy Ban
By David E. Smith   |   05.20.15
How did they vote? Yesterday afternoon in an appalling disregard for children’s mental health, parental rights and religious liberty, the...
U.S. House Votes to Ban Late Term Abortions
By David E. Smith   |   05.14.15
As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 242-184 yesterday to pass a bill to to extend federal protections for preborn children who are 20 weeks fetal age or more, and who are capable of experiencing excruciating pain. The bill is called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), and it’s chief sponsor is U.S. Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ).
Pro-Life Action Alert Bulletin Inserts
By David E. Smith   |   05.06.15
As you know, pro-abortion forces are working overtime in Springfield trying to pass troubling legislation to expand abortion services in Illinois....
Rights of Conscience Update
By David E. Smith   |   04.22.15
How did they vote? This afternoon, the Illinois Senate voted 34 to 19 to pass SB 1564 — the onerous re-write...
Rights of Conscience Still at Risk in SB 1564
By David E. Smith   |   04.17.15
Earlier this year, State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Skokie) introduced SB 1564 to radically alter the Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act -- an Act that allows medical personnel & health care facilities to avoid participating in morally dubious medical procedures such as abortion, sterilization & certain end-of-life care.
Last Call for Event with Dr. Del Tackett
By David E. Smith   |   04.09.15
Earlier this week, I wrote an article promoting this weekend’s IFI Worldview Conference with Dr. Del Tackett and the Truth...
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

David E. Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 20 years are blessed to be the parents of seven children.

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.

From 1996 – 2004, he 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 IFI’s referendum project to protect marriage , 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.

An alumnus of the Family Research Council’s Witherspoon Fellowship, David graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science.

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