Articles by David E. Smith
The 2022 General Election Voter Guide is Here!
By David E. Smith   |   09.24.22
While the November 8h General Election is less than 45 days away, early voting will begin next Thursday, September 29th. As in every election cycle, this election is critical for Illinois as well as for the nation, and it is crucial that your voice is heard. We cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is to exercise our civic duty to vote and be good stewards of God’s amazing gift of self-government.
40 Days for Life: Praying for God’s Intervention
By David E. Smith   |   09.12.22
Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge difference in a person’s life. A welcoming smile, a phone call, or an encouraging note received at an opportune moment has the power to turn despair into hope. This fall, just one hour of prayer could make a life-changing, life-saving difference in not one but two lives.
A Shrinking Population: Evidence of a Love of God That Grows Cold
By David E. Smith   |   09.08.22
In an alarming new trend, and in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the contrived “right” to abortion, more men and women are choosing permanent sterilization. According to an article published by the LA Times, if women were already planning not to have kids, they decided to get sterilized sooner, or they were thinking more intensely about sterilization after the Dobbs decision was leaked.
IFI Prayer Team: Lord Have Mercy on Illinois
By David E. Smith   |   08.31.22
Labor Day is approaching, and summer will soon give way to autumn. Many of us look forward to the change of seasons, watching the leaves change color, breathing in the crisp morning air, and picking apples with our kids or grandkids. We surmise too that many, like the IFI staff, look forward to a strong pendulum swing in the election on November 8th. In this season and every day the Good Lord grants us breath, Christians should be praying fervently for God's mercy on our state and nation. We urge prayers especially for God-fearing, pro-life candidates to prevail in this election cycle.
Did You Know? Gambling and Marijuana in Illinois 2022
By David E. Smith   |   08.29.22
There are currently 11 casinos operating in Illinois: Rockford, East Peoria, Alton, Rock Island, Elgin, Metropolis, Aurora, East St. Louis, Joliet Hollywood, Joliet Harrah's and Des Plaines. There are 5 more being planned or built, in Danville, Carterville, Homewood, Chicago and Waukegan.
Stand With Us
By David E. Smith   |   08.21.22
Illinois Family Institute has been fighting for traditional family values for more than 30 years now. We have never been afraid to stand up and speak out in the public square for the Judeo-Christian values upon which our country was...
Early Bird Deadline for IFI’s Annual Banquet Approaching!
By David E. Smith   |   08.19.22
We are looking forward to welcoming Kevin and Sam Sorbo to our annual fall banquet in a few months to share their faith, concerns about the secular culture and the need to return to Judeo-Christian values. The Sorbos are a different kind of "power couple" -- they are, in our opinion, an amazing Christian husband & wife team who, despite being blacklisted by Hollywood, have been very outspoken about abortion, public school indoctrination, and a host of other social issues.
IFI Prayer Warriors Needed!
By David E. Smith   |   07.30.22
We know that the many cultural battles we face today are spiritual battles that cannot be won by relying solely on our own strength and methods. In truth, these battles must first and continually be waged through prayer to our holy, righteous and merciful God. Would you please consider volunteering to be part of the IFI Prayer Team?
Are You Registered to Vote for the 2022 General Election?
By David E. Smith   |   07.27.22
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. If you look at the first three words in our U.S. Constitution, you'll find out who that authority is in America -- "We the People..."
Battle for Life Intensifies in Illinois After Dobbs Ruling
By David E. Smith   |   06.28.22
On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which fabricated the “right to privacy,” making abortion legal throughout the nation. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, centered around...
We Will Not Celebrate Sexual Sin and Pride
By David E. Smith   |   06.22.22
On June 1, 2022, Gov. JB Pritzker sent out a tweet celebrating the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Throughout his term in Springfield, Pritzker has been vocal in his support for radical left-wing policies and social issues. He has pandered to the LGBTQIA community and has been a regular participant in "Gay" Pride activities across Illinois.
SCOTUS Upholds Religious Freedom in Education Choice
By David E. Smith   |   06.21.22
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decisive victory for religious freedom and school choice this morning in a 6-3 ruling in the Carson v. Makin case.
Prayer Alert: Our Response to the Potential Repeal of Roe v. Wade
By David E. Smith   |   05.03.22
The BIG news of the week has been confirmed by Chief Justice John Roberts -- the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade in the very near future, possibly by the end of June. In a news release from the High Court, however, they were careful to point out that, although the leaked draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito is authentic, "it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case." In other words, the ruling is not official yet.
Good Friday Gives Us Hope
By David E. Smith   |   04.15.22
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." ~1 Peter 2:24
Abortion Cheerleaders to Welcome Out-of-State Abortion Practitioners
By David E. Smith   |   04.01.22
Illinois House Democrats rallied around HB 1464 late yesterday, a bill which will ensure “health care” providers are welcomed here in Illinois after they’ve been punished by other states’ laws protecting the lives of innocent pre-born humans. The bill’s sponsor,...
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 30 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 28 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. They strongly believe that their first duty before God is to disciple their children in the Christian faith, and impress a love of God on their hearts. There is a plethora of research that suggest that parents are the primary influencers in a child’s life. In an ideal world, that’s a mom and dad. Discipleship includes not only studying God’s Word but living a life of faith and walking in obedience to God. Discipleship is also necessary for sound doctrine, love of God and others. We do this in hopes of raising healthy and productive members of society, and re-create disciple-making movements in their homes and in their spheres of influence.

Dave also serves as a Chairman of a Republican Township in Will County and serves as an ordained minister/elder in his local church.

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