Articles by David E. Smith
Announcing IFI’s End-Of-Year Matching Challenge
By David E. Smith   |   12.10.19
We are pleased to announce the 2019 end-of-year matching challenge! In an effort to help us raise $140,000 by the end of this month, a number of generous donors have offered to match donations to IFI all the way up...
2019 Worldview Conference Q & A Session
By David E. Smith   |   11.15.19
The 2019 Illinois Family Institute Worldview Conference on “Trans” Ideology concluded with a Q&A session moderated by IFI’s cultural affairs writer, Laurie Higgins. During this final session, speakers Dr. Michelle Cretella, Denise Shick, Walt Heyer, and Pastor Doug Wilson field questions from conference attendees.
Pastor Doug Wilson: Sanity as Insurrection
By David E. Smith   |   10.29.19
Sanity as Insurrection was the title of the final session of the 2019 Illinois Family Institute Worldview Conference on “Trans” Ideology. In this presentation, Pastor Doug Wilson stressed the importance in asking sane questions, ones that strike at the heart of the matter, when we engage in debate with our adversaries because “… deliberate and premeditated sanity is a challenge to the powers that be.”
Last Chance to See Rev. Franklin Graham on November 1st!
By David E. Smith   |   10.23.19
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Rev. Franklin Graham in person! The annual IFI Fall Banquet — the largest Christian pro-family event in Illinois — is right around the corner. This year, we can hardly wait to welcome our special...
Denise Shick:<BR>Growing Up With A Transgender Father
By David E. Smith   |   10.21.19
It is important to be informed regarding the facts and staggering statistics of transgenderism, but it is also important to hear the real-life stories of spouses, parents, daughters, sons, and siblings who have been personally affected by transgenderism in their...
Dr. Michelle Cretella: Child Abuse, Female Erasure & the Death of ALL Human Rights
By David E. Smith   |   10.14.19
In this presentation Dr. Michelle Cretella addresses the distinction between the scientific, biological reality of sex vs. the manmade, social construct of gender. She also details the wide-ranging, disastrous consequences that will result if conservatives and Christians remain passive in the face of the erroneous transgender ideology that is embraced and promoted in many pediatricians’ offices, our children’s classrooms, and in the media – especially media targeted to children and youth under the age of 18.
IFI Banquet Tickets Still Available
By David E. Smith   |   10.07.19
The Illinois Family Institute Faith, Family, and Freedom Fall Banquet will take place in less than a month and we can hardly wait to welcome our special guest, Rev. Franklin Graham!
UPDATED: Social Media Tools for Conservative Christian Activists
By David E. Smith   |   09.20.19
In an effort to reach a larger audience, increase awareness and broaden our platform, IFI is delighted to draw your attention to two social media components that can help you stay informed and equipped and enable you to take action...
Pastor Jim Nicodem on 40 Days for Life
By David E. Smith   |   09.14.19
Illinois Family Institute wants to encourage Christians everywhere to prayerfully consider taking part in the upcoming peaceful campaign known as 40 Days for Life. It is an important pro-life effort to save lives and share truth. By partnering with 40...
Transgenderism: The Consequences
By David E. Smith   |   09.09.19
Since the time he was a young boy and his grandmother sewed him a purple dress and told him how beautiful he looked, Walt Heyer had struggled with transgenderism. Through elementary school and high school, where he was a successful...
Q&A Session With John Stonestreet
By David E. Smith   |   08.26.19
As John Stonestreet taught in his sessions at the IFI Worldview Conference, it is important for Christians to engage with culture, for culture-making is something God created us to do; to avoid culture is to avoid the world that God has given us. But how should we go about engaging culture? What about the situations we've all heard about, and are unsure of how to handle?
Stonestreet: Restoring All Things: Joining God’s Redemptive Plan
By David E. Smith   |   08.20.19
In the preceding lectures from the 2019 IFI Worldview Conference, John Stonestreet addressed what culture really is, along with its role in God’s creation and what we as Christians have to do with it. In this final session, “Restoring All...
Gun Control Won’t Work
By David E. Smith   |   08.17.19
In 2016, there were 11,004 gun homicides in the United States, Additionally, 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Why do leftists demonize guns but are silent when it comes to alcohol’s role in DUI deaths? Some big government...
Early Bird Deadline Approaching!
By David E. Smith   |   08.14.19
Illinois Family Institute is looking forward to welcoming Rev. Franklin Graham to our annual fall banquet in a few months to share his faith, concerns about the secular culture and his vision for our country. He truly inspires hope for...
Stonestreet: Have We Lost the Culture? Why Christians Should Continue to Care
By David E. Smith   |   08.12.19
What is culture? For many Christians, “culture” simply means “all the bad stuff that happens in the world,” but according to John Stonestreet, it’s far more than that. The problem is not with culture, for culture is neither good nor...
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 25 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children.

David has 20-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.

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 owners.

In 2005 – 2006, Dave 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.

Dave also serves as a Republican Precinct Committeeman and is an ordained minister and elder in his local church.

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