Articles by David E. Smith
Illinois Lawmakers Pass Legislation to Coerce Speech
By David E. Smith   |   05.25.16
This afternoon, the Illinois House took up this SB 1564, debated and passed this ominous new mandate by a vote of 61-54. We are asking for a flood of calls to the Governor's office, asking him to VETO this terrible legislation: (217) 782-0244 or (312) 814-2121
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IFI Joins AFA Calling for a Boycott of Target Stores
By David E. Smith   |   05.25.16
Illinois Family Institute joins our long time friends and national affiliate at the American Family Association calling for a boycott...
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Religious Liberty and the Big Picture
By David E. Smith   |   05.19.16
My family and I recently had the opportunity to hear about the great work being done in South Sudan by...
2016 Banquet Speaker Just Announced!
By David E. Smith   |   04.28.16
You’ll definitely want to save the date for the next IFI Fall Banquet – September 30th.  This year our keynote...
Mark Elfstrand Interviews Higgins on Important Issues of the Day
By David E. Smith   |   04.19.16
Well known Christian radio host Mark Elfstrand, of WYLL’s “Let’s Talk,” often has Laurie Higgins on his program to discuss...
Special Events for Faith Leaders
By David E. Smith   |   04.15.16
We are excited to invite you and other faith leaders and spouses to a complimentary breakfast/lunch or dinner with IFI...
A Special Forum in Peoria
By David E. Smith   |   04.12.16
Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Agenda In case you haven’t heard, but CheckPoint (a Coalition of Concerned Citizens) has merged with...
IFI’s Higgins Discusses Religious Freedom Versus LGBT Agenda on WBBM Radio
By David E. Smith   |   04.11.16
Last week, IFI's own Laurie Higgins recorded an interview with Craig Dellimore for his weekly "At Issue" program to discuss religious liberty verses the radical LGBT agenda. Make no mistake, this type of mainstream media exposure -- an uninterrupted half hour examination of the issues from a conservative perspective -- is exceedingly rare. While the media usually misrepresents orthodox Christians and how we live our faith in the public square, this was an amazing opportunity to elaborate on the Judeo-Christian principles we seek to uphold.
Encroaching Tyranny
By David E. Smith   |   04.04.16
Outrageous!  The Illinois Human Rights Commission has issued a decision in which they fined a Christian business-owner $80,000 for refusing...
Bulletin Insert – No Excuse Not to Vote
By David E. Smith   |   03.03.16
Citizens in Illinois are now casting ballots to nominate candidates for President of the United States, U.S. Senator and a...
Early Voting for Primary Election
By David E. Smith   |   03.01.16
The March 15th Primary Election is now just 2 weeks away! This election will be crucial for Illinois as well...
By David E. Smith   |   03.01.16
Listed below, we have 18 different two-page local Voter Guides -- one for each of Illinois' Congressional Districts. By printing the two-page local Guide front to back on legal size paper (8.5" x 14"), you can easily make this a one-page handout, which you can then distribute in your neighborhood and local church.
The Clock is Ticking to Order Your Voter Guides…
By David E. Smith   |   02.11.16
Don't let the primary election be one that casts a shadow of "low voter turnout" on this critical day. This is your opportunity to bring your voice, your values and your vote to the polling booth! The IFI Voter Guide may be the only way you can get the information you need to make an informed decision.
February Worldview Event with Dr. Wayne Grudem
By David E. Smith   |   02.03.16
Last Chance to Register! Join us for a wonderful opportunity to take enhance your biblical worldview and equip you to more effectively engage the culture. Having an informed and consistent Christian worldview has never been more important than it is now as our culture is rapidly embracing a secular, non-biblical value system.
Order Bulk Voter Guides Now
By David E. Smith   |   01.18.16
We are currently taking orders for our 2016 Primary Election Voter Guide. The non-partisan IFI Voter Guide helps voters know...
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

David E. Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 21 years are blessed to be the parents of seven children.

David has been interviewed for numerous radio, television, 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 owners.

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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