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Choose life

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…”

~Deuteronomy 30:19

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Defending Families

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

~Phil. 2:4

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Equipping The Body of Christ

“You are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

~Matt. 5:14-16

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Religious Liberty

An individual’s civil rights of religious liberty and freedom of conscience should be affirmed and free from government interference.

I Hope to Help – Pat Hickey
My name is Pat Hickey and I will be writing articles for Illinois Family Institute and Illinois Family Action. I am an active retiree.  My kids are grown, happy and working.  I enjoy good health and great company with lovely people.  My world view is essentially the same as it was when I began teaching in 1975 – treat every person with welcoming respect, until they act otherwise, and know that you are not all that important.
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The Elusive Answer to School Shootings
The massacre of seventeen students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is just the latest in what seems like an accelerating manifestation of school shootings. Parents, students, citizens, activists and law makers are justifiably angry. Demands to “do something” are loud and urgent, driven by a dread that the next shooting will be at my child’s school. Even some staunch defenders of the Second Amendment are shaken, agreeing that “it’s time for a national conversation...
By Jonathon Clay de Hale   |   02.23.18
Lawmakers Are Being Misled by ERA Proponents
Thirty nine years past the deadline to ratify, voted down thirteen times by former Illinois lawmakers, and with five states having rescinded their passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, proponents will not give up. The ERA has nothing to do with equal rights for women or it would be an unnecessary duplication of the Fourteenth Amendment which guarantees equal protection under the law. But it does have everything to do with abortion; specifically the elimination of all abortion restrictions. After...
By Kathy Valente   |   02.23.18
Identity Politics: Is America and the World Running Out of Patience with LGBTQIA Activism?
The topic of identity politics and the widening opportunity it presents to conservatives continues to be a hot topic. Here are just three examples from recent op eds. First up is Glenn Stanton writing at Public Discourse: Is America Running Out of Patience with LGBT Activism? From surprisingly fast and unexpected victory can come great hubris and the desire to utterly crush one’s opponents. GLAAD, a leading gay advocacy outfit, released a new report showing that positive attitudes toward homosexuality...
By John Biver   |   02.22.18
Sports Illustrated Strippers
Aly Raisman, former Olympic gymnast and one of the many victims of serial abuser Larry Nassar, offered this troubling defense of her appearance the in Sports Illustrated (SI) soft-core porn “swimsuit” issue wearing nothing but dumb slogans written on her body: Women do not have to be modest to be respected–Live for you!… The time when women are taught to be ashamed of their bodies is OVER. She’s right. Women don’t “have to be modest to be respected.” We should...
By Laurie Higgins   |   02.21.18
Will you volunteer to help distribute the printed IFI Voter Guides? There are 2 print versions. The full 16-page version of the IFI 2018 Primary Election Voter Guide is available for download HERE. You can also order them in bulk to distribute in your church or neighborhood. They include candidate positions on several issues. In this guide you will find important information about many of the candidates for Illinois Governor, U.S. House of Representatives, and both chambers of the Illinois...
By David E. Smith   |   02.20.18
2018 Dirty Dozen List: 12 Leading Facilitators in Sexual Exploitation
No corporation should profit from or facilitate sexual exploitation. Unfortunately, many well-established brands, companies, and organizations in America do just that. Since 2013, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has published an annual Dirty Dozen List to name...
The Wisdom of Washington
The father of our country understood something important about education—and we would do well to heed his wisdom today
Man Up to Marriage
The benefits of marriage for men are substantial by every conceivable measure, including more money, a better sex life, and significantly better physical and mental health. Yet, many men remain ignorant of these benefits, a view seemingly promoted by popular culture.
By Micah Clark   |   02.17.18
Voter Guides Are Going Quickly – Order in Bulk Today!
Early Voting is already underway and the printed IFI Voter Guides are going fast!  In case you’re not aware, early voting has been proven to win elections for pro-family candidates! And every vote is valuable! If you haven’t yet placed a bulk order for Voter Guides, please give us a call at the IFI office today at (708) 781-9328 or click HERE to email us your order. These non-partisan Voter Guides comply with IRS guidelines and are legal for churches...
By Kathy Valente   |   02.17.18
Time to ABOLISH the Federal Gasoline Tax
One need not be a flaming states’ rights advocate to understand that something as local in nature as surface transportation can be dealt with more efficiently and effectively on the state and local levels. Which is why, if Trump wants to make America’s infrastructure great again, he should return the gas tax revenue and responsibility of transportation to the states rather than increasing the federal debt and pumping more money into the insane system that indirectly controls every pothole from Washington D.C., distorts proper planning and decision-making, and prevents local communities from debating their priorities.
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