Articles by David E. Smith
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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
Event Alert: Join Us For A Special 2 Day Event with Del Tackett!
By David E. Smith   |   03.22.15
In a world where relativism reigns, defending God’s truth is a full time battle.  Unfortunately, even most members of evangelical churches are not well versed in God’s truth principles.  In fact, a widely publicized Barna Research study found that less than 10 percent of evangelicals have a Biblical Worldview. 
Library Internet Filter Bill
By David E. Smith   |   03.05.15
State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) recently introduced HB 2689, also known as the Internet Screening in Public Libraries Act. This common...
Ultrasound Opportunity Act in Springfield
By David E. Smith   |   03.03.15
IFI is working with other Illinois pro-life groups in advocating for an important pro-life bill sponsored by State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal...
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...
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 great 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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