Articles by David E. Smith
Are You Registered to Vote?
By David E. Smith   |   01.14.20
God has blessed America with the gift of self-government -- a "government of the people, by the people, and for the people." Voting is a privilege that millions of people in other parts of the world are denied. But this unique blessing also comes with a tremendous responsibility. In Romans 13, we are told that all authorities are appointed by God. Who is the authority in America?
Omo Child: Rescuing Innocent Children
By David E. Smith   |   01.07.20
As you may know, January is Sanctity of Life month–a time when pro-life advocates host special events, rallies, marches, and projects to protest the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the destruction of pre-born human beings. While IFI believes...
Cutting Through the Fog of Marijuana
By David E. Smith   |   01.06.20
What was Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton thinking when she purchased recreational marijuana in Chicago on the first day of its legal sales in Illinois? Does she not understand that as a public official she is setting a reckless and...
IFI Files Pro-Life Brief With SCOTUS
By David E. Smith   |   01.04.20
We are pleased to report that Illinois Family Institute, along with three other Christian organizations, filed an amicus brief this week to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the case of June Medical Service, LLC v. Gee. The brief supports a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic.
Brigitte Gabriel: “It’s Great To Be An American!”
By David E. Smith   |   01.03.20
In this video, Brigitte Gabriel – author, commentator on politics, culture, terrorism, and national security, as well as the founder and chairman of ACT for America – gives one of the most energetic, impassioned, and motivating presentations you will watch...
Did You Know? Pro-Family Trump Administration Victories
By David E. Smith   |   12.27.19
The Trump Administration has rolled back a number of federal rules instituted by the Obama Administration and has instituted others, including these amazing policy victories:
VIDEO: Eric Metaxas on “Freedom in the Balance”
By David E. Smith   |   12.20.19
If you missed the Illinois Family Institute’s annual fall banquet back in 2014, or have a vague remembrance of it, you will want to watch this important keynote speech by bestselling author Eric Metaxas. Combining encouragement and a call to action, Metaxas emphasized that “it is time for us to be all in” when it comes to the political and cultural battle.
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...
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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