Articles by David E. Smith
IFI’s Rescuing Our Children Forums
By David E. Smith   |   07.27.21
One month ago, the IFI Team set off on a five day, eight stop tour of the state of Illinois. Our mission was to reach parents, grandparents and church leaders with an urgent message.  These “Rescuing Our Children” forums featured...
Summertime Matching Challenge!
By David E. Smith   |   07.14.21
We are very excited to announce an amazing summer-time matching challenge made possible through the generosity of faithful supporters. to help us specifically raise $80,000 for our urgent "Rescuing the Children" initiative! So, between now and Labor Day, you can double the impact of your giving while helping us fund this critical battle!
Toolkit: Combatting Critical Race Theory in Your Community
By David E. Smith   |   06.10.21
This guide is meant for anyone of any knowledge and experience level who is concerned about what children are being taught and how they are being treated, with an emphasis on making the banning of Critical Race Theory (CRT) the central theme by which you reclaim your schools. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a branch of what we call Critical Social Justice (CSJ), or what others may refer to as Critical Theory.
Jericho Prayer March in Springfield
By David E. Smith   |   06.09.21
Illinois Family Institute is calling for pro-family Illinoisans to rally at 410 E. Jackson St. from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM to pray and recite scripture, to sing hope into darkness, and to call on the Lord’s blessing as we answer His call to “rescue the weak and the needy, and deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Thinking About Homeschooling? The 2021 ICHE Conference is This Weekend!
By David E. Smith   |   06.01.21
Parents across the state and nation have had enough of the COVID-19 lockdowns and the cancellation of numerous conferences and other events. Thankfully, it looks like we are slowly getting back to normal. That said, some public school districts are...
Cultural Collision: “Comprehensive” Sex Ed Passed in Illinois Senate
By David E. Smith   |   05.21.21
Our Springfield snollygosters are working tenaciously to provide Christian parents with a plethora of reasons to abandon government schools in Illinois. On Thursday afternoon, the Illinois Senate took up and debated another "comprehensive" sex education bill (SB 818) that so-called "progressives" and their evil allies are using to indoctrinate children starting in kindergarten.
The War on Children
By David E. Smith   |   05.11.21
No longer content with merely aborting millions of babies every year, Planned Parenthood and IPPF are vigorously promoting an agenda that sexualizes children and threatens their health, champions dangerous gender ideology, subverts the parent-child relationship, and violates parental rights.
Stop Lying to Us!
By David E. Smith   |   05.08.21
A couple of weeks ago, "Caitlyn" Jenner announced his intention to run for governor in California. Various establishment "news" outlets happily reported this development but, of course, intentionally used the wrong pronouns to identify Mr. Jenner in their stories. When Fox News started to use female pronouns in their broadcasts, I could take it no longer, so I sent the following message via webform:
Upcoming Events for You and Your Family
By David E. Smith   |   05.03.21
We are thrilled to see that the onerous (and unconstitutional) COVID-19 mandates are being relaxed. There is light at the end of the tunnel. As most Illinoisans, we here at IFI are anxious to return to a normal routine, including hosting special events, conferences, forums and of course, our annual banquet.
U.S. House Passes “In-Equality” Act
By David E. Smith   |   02.26.21
On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 224 to 206 to pass the so-called "Equality Act" (H.R. 5), which would enshrine “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as legally protected classes in a myriad of federal laws. The vote fell along party lines, with only three Republicans voting with the Democratic majority, and two Republicans not voting.
First-Rate Interview Featuring Laurie Higgins on Janet Parshall’s Program
By David E. Smith   |   02.25.21
In the Old Testament, the sound of a trumpet is often the signal to God’s people to assemble for battle. Right now, in Illinois and across the nation, Laurie Higgins is sounding the trumpet to call parents, grandparents, and all concerned citizens to fight for the hearts, minds, and innocence of our impressionable schoolchildren.  
A Final Salute To A Pro-Life Champion
By David E. Smith   |   01.27.21
Joe Scheidler, sometimes referred to as the “godfather of pro-life activism,” was laid to rest earlier this week. He passed away on Monday, January 18th at his home. He was 93 years old.
(Anti) Police “Reform” Omnibus Bill
By David E. Smith   |   01.15.21
We are displeased to report that this week our state lawmakers passed a 700+ page police “reform” bill. This piece of legislation was passed in the final hours of the lame duck session of the 101st General Assembly. The proposal...
Lawmakers Want Mandatory Kindergarten in Illinois
By David E. Smith   |   01.08.21
Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, Illinois House members are headed to Springfield for a Lame Duck session. State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Chicago) is working to expand the state's compulsory school attendance laws, and in the process, diminish the rights of parents. In February 2019, she introduced a bill to lower the mandatory age for school attendance in Illinois from 6 to 5 years of age. This bill passed the Illinois Senate and is now pending in the Illinois House.
Wonderful News on Our Matching Challenge!
By David E. Smith   |   12.31.20
You’ll be happy to hear that The Illinois Family Institute has achieved our goal to raise $105,000 -- one day earlier than expected!  The response to this challenge match has been fantastic and encouraging.  THANK YOU to all who contributed!
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4).

David has 25-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography.

He and his wife of 26 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. He also serves as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in his community and as an ordained minister and elder in his local church.

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