Articles by David E. Smith
Standing Strong
By David E. Smith   |   02.24.15
Illinois Family Institute is in the midst of a very busy time of year.  We are working hard in Springfield...
Recreational Marijuana Bills in Springfield
By David E. Smith   |   02.19.15
Even though the so-called “Medical” Cannabis Pilot Program has yet to begin, State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) has introduced legislation...
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Gambling Expansion: Not the Solution
By David E. Smith   |   02.17.15
In 1974, the Illinois Lottery was established with the goal of funding K-12 public education.  In 1990, the Riverboat Gambling...
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SpeakOut Illinois 2015
By David E. Smith   |   01.16.15
Join the IFI Team and many other great pro-life advocates at the annual SpeakOut Illinois Conference. This year’s event will...
We Did It!
By David E. Smith   |   01.05.15
I am very happy to report that The Illinois Family Institute exceeded our end-of-year matching challenge! THANK YOU to all who contributed by phone,...
You Can Make The Difference
By David E. Smith   |   12.31.14
We’re almost there! Many of you have given sacrificially,  and your donation has been doubled through the generosity of those who...
Stand With Illinois Family Institute
By David E. Smith   |   12.30.14
As you finalize your charitable giving before the tax year deadline on December 31, please consider making a gift to...
Two Days to Match Your Gift!
By David E. Smith   |   12.30.14
As we look forward to the New Year, we hope and pray you will join us in standing for truth and...
Our Adversaries Want You to Ignore This
By David E. Smith   |   12.29.14
No other organization in Illinois fights for them like IFI. It's why many of you have given to us in the past. And it's why I hope everyone reading this email will answer my plea by doubling your donation to the only pro-family group in our state who can take the fight to our opponents.
Matching Challenge Update
By David E. Smith   |   12.27.14
I wanted to share some good news with you about the $40,000 matching challenge I wrote about two weeks ago. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters - moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas of Illinois - we have raised 38 percent of our goal thus far.
You’re Critical in The Fight!
By David E. Smith   |   12.23.14
We are living in an amazing time in history. Our state and nation are in the midst of a debate that will have a profound impact on future generations. There are three big questions at stake:
Stand With Us!
By David E. Smith   |   12.20.14
In the media, in churches, in the halls of government, and in places of business, IFI will continue to speak out boldly in the midst of a state dominated by out-of-touch politicians, corrupt bureaucrats, far-left media pundits, and agenda-driven educators who are deeply hostile to the truths about faith and families. But we can’t do this alone!
End-of-Year Matching Challenge!
By David E. Smith   |   12.16.14
I am pleased to announce that in an effort to help us raise $80,000 by the end of December, a...
Idaho Pastors Win Battle Over “Gay” Nuptials  
By David E. Smith   |   11.29.14
An Idaho pastor and his wife have won a showdown with the city of Couer d’Alene over demands that they...
Happy Thanksgiving from IFI!
By David E. Smith   |   11.26.14
The Board of Directors and staff of the Illinois Family Institute wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. We...
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 six young 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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