Articles by David E. Smith
By David E. Smith   |   09.15.14
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The annual banquet is IFI’s  most important fundraising event of the year.  Please join us as Eric offers his witness...
Sixty Day Prayer Challenge
By David E. Smith   |   09.05.14
In the book of 1 Samuel, we read about Israel's political system and the establishment of a human king to rule over the tribes. While God alone was Israel’s King, He had established earthly judges to handle disputes and manage the governmental affairs of His nation. Scripture tells us that the ungrateful Israelites began to cry out for a king, demanding to "be like all the nations..."
Event Alert: IFI Banquet Less Than 3 Weeks Away!!
By David E. Smith   |   09.02.14
IFI's annual banquet will be held Friday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Our speaker this year is Eric Metaxas, author of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, the official companion book to the 2007 movie Amazing Grace...
Join us at our Annual Banquet Celebration in September!
By David E. Smith   |   08.08.14
The Illinois Family Institute is very pleased to invite you to attend the 2014 Annual Faith, Family and Freedom Banquet on Friday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
New Federal Legislation to Protect Religious Freedom
By David E. Smith   |   08.06.14
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) recently introduced the “Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act,” S. 624...
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Summertime Challenge Update
By David E. Smith   |   07.25.14
At the risk of sounding like one of those never ending PBS pledge drives, I’d like to give you an...
“One of the Rarest Gifts to the Church Today” — Sept. 19th in Rolling Meadows
By David E. Smith   |   07.20.14
We are eagerly looking forward to being with you at our upcoming annual banquet this September 19th in Rolling Meadows....
Aug. 24th thru 29th — Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment
By David E. Smith   |   07.15.14
Learn about the pastors who risked everything to stand up for liberty and lead their congregations to battle against the...
Anti-RFRA Bill In U.S. Senate
By David E. Smith   |   07.15.14
The Left is wasting no time responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30th ruling upholding religious liberty. U.S. Senators...
Summertime Challenge Update
By David E. Smith   |   07.15.14
Last week I challenged IFI’s subscribers to help us add 25 new monthly supporters to our Sustaining Partners roster during the month of July....
Two Courageous Citizens Work to Stop Access to Unfiltered Porn In the Orland Park Library
By David E. Smith   |   07.11.14
Eight months ago we wrote an article about the dangers of unfiltered Internet access in our public libraries, and specifically...
Summertime Challenge
By David E. Smith   |   07.10.14
Summer is a critical time of the year financially for IFI.  Summer schedules often keep people busier than usual and...
HRC Working Hard to Pass ENDA
By David E. Smith   |   07.08.14
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the $40 million “LGBTQ” lobbying group based in Washington D.C., is ramping up their efforts to...
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Celebrating Liberty
By David E. Smith   |   07.04.14
Today, the United States of America celebrates the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Americans across the nation (and across the world) will gather to celebrate America’s courageous decision to throw off tyranny and separate from an oppressive ruler and government.
SCOTUS Affirms First Amendment Freedoms!
By David E. Smith   |   06.30.14
This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down a highly anticipated ruling that affirmed First Amendment...
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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