Articles by David E. Smith
Illinois Lawmakers Want Your Children
By David E. Smith   |   03.19.19
Back in 2012-2013, Illinois State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Chicago) introduced legislation to lower the mandatory age for school attendance in Illinois from 7 to 5 years-of-age.  Springfield lawmakers eventually compromised, passing a bill to make mandatory school age at age...
Illinois House Approves LGBT History Mandate
By David E. Smith   |   03.13.19
This afternoon, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 60-42 to pass HB 246, which would mandate that all students in K-12 public schools be taught about the “roles and contributions” of homosexuals and opposite-sex impersonators and that textbooks purchased include discussions of the roles and contributions of homosexuals and opposite-sex impersonators.
Church Bulletin Insert for Pro-Life Lobby Day
By David E. Smith   |   03.08.19
We need your help to encourage our state lawmakers to reject two extreme abortion bills. No American should be forced by its government to violate their deeply held convictions. That is why pro-life organizations from across the state are calling for a Rally & Lobby Day on March 20th at our state Capitol in Springfield.
Public Libraries Still Unsafe
By David E. Smith   |   02.15.19
Like so many other institutions birthed out of noble intentions, America’s public libraries were founded as a Christian endeavor. In fact, the earliest libraries were part of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel — a mission-minded Church...
Upcoming Events for You and Your Family
By David E. Smith   |   02.12.19
We want to make you aware of some great upcoming events that will educate, encourage, edify and equip you and your family members to stand firm in your Christian faith, to reinforce Judeo-Christian values, and to preserve a culture that...
Thinking Biblically About Recreational Marijuana
By David E. Smith   |   02.11.19
As you are no doubt aware, our lawmakers in Springfield are now considering legislation to legalize “recreational” marijuana in Illinois. For approximately ten years, we fought against the push for “medical” marijuana, warning that, in part, it would be a...
Medical Doctor from Peoria Opposes Legal Pot
By David E. Smith   |   02.08.19
Many people advocate for the legalization of marijuana from a position of bias, but Dr. Raymond Bertino opposes legalization on the basis of truth – medical facts and economics realities that expose the lies of recreational pot proponents.
ER Doc Says “Recreational” Pot Has Ruined My Town
By David E. Smith   |   01.30.19
Marijuana – is it a harmless plant, a medically beneficial substance, or a dangerous, destructive drug? Depending on who you ask, the answer will vary widely. Dr. Karen Randall speaks to this question based on her experience as an ER...
Gov. Pritzker Cheers Abortion at Planned Parenthood
By David E. Smith   |   01.23.19
On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker held a news conference at a Chicago Planned Parenthood office to sign an executive order expanding abortion access in Illinois. With all the work that needs to be done in our state, the celebration and championing of abortion, what Planned Parenthood likes to call “reproductive rights,” will do nothing to solve the state’s growing fiscal crisis and outbound migration.
Must See Pro-Life Short Film: “Mitosis”
By David E. Smith   |   01.18.19
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Frank Capra’s beloved Christmas classic, shows the desperate, suicidal protagonist, George Bailey, what the small community of Bedford Falls would be like if he had never been born. With the help of his guardian angel, George’s...
New Year Call to Prayer
By David E. Smith   |   01.08.19
As we begin 2019–with new federal lawmakers being sworn in to office last week in Washington D.C. and new state lawmakers being sworn into office this week–it is vital that we are intentional about praying for those in authority. Although...
Bomberger: Black Lives Matter In and Out of the Womb
By David E. Smith   |   01.03.19
Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, recently spoke, by invitation, at an on-campus event hosted by the Wheaton College Republicans. In a presentation entitled Black Lives Matter In and Out of the Womb, Mr. Bomberger...
Help Us Shine in the Darkness
By David E. Smith   |   12.29.18
Through the ages, America has shone the brightest when she stood for not only liberty but also godliness and virtue. Indeed, the strength of our beloved nation rests upon the moral integrity of her citizens. John Adams wrote to the...
Merry Christmas!
By David E. Smith   |   12.25.18
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  May the peace and love of “the baby born in Bethlehem” be in your heart this season and throughout the year. It is an amazing gift to be able to freely celebrate our faith and to proclaim the birth of our Savior who came to give life and give it abundantly (John 10:10).
Celebrating the Birth of Christ!
By David E. Smith   |   12.24.18
More than 2,000 years ago He was born in Bethlehem. This Baby, born of a virgin, of the lineage of King David, was the long-awaited savior, the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace — the Word of God in...
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 23 years are blessed to be the parents of seven children.

David has 30-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 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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