Articles by Kathy Valente
More Bills Need Witness Slips – Thank You for Filing!
By Kathy Valente   |   03.06.23
The Springfield Capitol is teeming with activity. Some of the bills we notified you about last week have not yet been called. There is still time to file witness slips on some of them. They are listed at the end.
Questions for School Board Candidates
By Kathy Valente   |   03.01.23
To help you and your neighbors navigate this critical election, IFI has put together a list of 10 questions for school board candidates. We need your help to get them into the hands of the candidates and then out to voters. You can send these questionnaires to candidates via Facebook messenger, email or contact them by another means and ask them to answer and return the questionnaire.     
Make Your Voice Heard in Springfield – File Witness Slips
By Kathy Valente   |   02.27.23
The assault on families in the Land of Lincoln has been put on fast track as these all-out legislative attacks on kids, parents, families, and Christian values get committee hearings this week. Once passed out of committee, the bill(s) will go to the Illinois House Floor and, if passed, will then go through the same process in the Illinois Senate.
Huge Abortion Bill Being Pushed Through General Assembly
By Kathy Valente   |   01.05.23
The lame-duck session is currently underway in the Illinois General Assembly prior to the new session beginning on January 11th. One would think there isn’t anything more that could be done to further expand abortion in Illinois. Unfortunately, one would...
Pot Use Rises Among Children
By Kathy Valente   |   12.14.22
Gov. JB Pritzker continues to make sure Illinois has more than its share of pot dispensaries. And as Illinois Family Institute warned repeatedly that what was happening in Colorado would also happen here, there are consequences. Dire consequences.

Marijuana use among adolescents has now surpassed alcohol use. A 20-year study shows a 245 percent increase in marijuana use by children aged 6-18 since 2000, while alcohol use has steadily declined.
2022 Voter Guides Are Going Fast! Ordered in Bulk Yet?
By Kathy Valente   |   09.28.22
The November 8th election is less than six weeks away, and early voting will soon get underway. Please do not wait to get and distribute the IFI Voter Guide to your family, friends and at church.
Reserve Your 2022 General Election Voter Guides Now!
By Kathy Valente   |   08.23.22
We will be printing a limited number of the 2022 General Election Voter Guides. While we will make it available on our website to download, it is wise to order bulk quantities of the printed version now to share with your friends, neighbors, family and at church (with your pastor's permission).
U-46 Parents Determined to Change the Educational Landscape
By Kathy Valente   |   08.10.22
Earlier this spring, a group of concerned parents and taxpayers in the U-46 school district assembled to discuss their collective concerns about the state of public education and the overarching impact on students and the community. Now organized under the moniker Parents and Taxpayers for Children in U-46 (PTC) their mission is to engage, educate and empower parents, students, teachers and taxpayers to not just push back on a system that is failing their children, but to create meaningful change in public education.
Failing Schools in Illinois
By Kathy Valente   |   06.08.22
With thousands of your tax dollars being spent per student every year, government schools are academically failing the students who attend them. And what’s also troublesome is that the vast majority of teachers are rated proficient or excellent.
Shocking!
By Kathy Valente   |   06.04.22
A recent Gallop poll found that 7.1 percent of Americans now identify as LGBTQ. This is a 100 percent increase since 2012 and a 26 percent increase over 2021!

If you think that is bad, the news gets much worse...
“The Mind Polluters” Coming to Barrington and Channahon
By Kathy Valente   |   04.18.22
A powerful investigative documentary film about the graphic Comprehensive Sex Ed and Social Emotional Learning being forced on children of all ages through the public education system will be shown at three locations.  The Mind Polluters exposes the dark realities...
Pre-Order Your 2022 Voter Guides
By Kathy Valente   |   04.18.22
Illinois Family Institute will be printing a limited number of the 2022 Primary Election Voter Guides. As always, it will also be available on our website. The non-partisan IFI Voter Guide will help you learn more about the candidates on...
Lawmakers Want Employers to Hire Those Who Fail Drug Test?
By Kathy Valente   |   03.30.22
With nine days left before the end of session, state lawmakers are working long days to pass a bunch of unnecessary proposals. One proposal that we are very concerned about is HB 4116, which amends the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, the bill that legalized recreational marijuana in Illinois. This bill is deceptively worded, removing most of the safeguards that currently allow employers to refuse to hire and discipline employees who tested positive for THC - the psychoactive substance in marijuana.
Springfield Goes to Pot, Again and Again
By Kathy Valente   |   02.17.22
It appears that state lawmakers have decided to go for broke. Much of what's below was included in the original language of the "recreational" marijuana bill, but was removed to gather the votes needed to pass the bill, with the intention of adding it at a later time. They are intent on making a bad situation even worse.
File Witness Slip to Oppose Marijuana “Home Grows”
By Kathy Valente   |   02.15.22
Two years after legalizing “recreational” marijuana, some foolish lawmakers are sprinting ahead with legislation to allow for Illinoisans 21 and older to grow up to 5 marijuana plants in their home. The bill number is HB 4799 and is sponsored...
Kathy Valente
IFI Director of Operations
Kathy Valente

Kathy joined the IFI team as our Director of Operations in 2008. Previously, Kathy was the state director for Concerned Women for America for 4 years. But even before that, Kathy and Dave worked together as volunteer activists battling pornography and obscenity in the public square.

Kathy has consistently taken a stand for traditional Judeo-Christian values and has worked tirelessly to foster a wholesome environment for family living, advocating for high community standards.

Kathy recognizes that sexual immorality, pornography, obscenity, promiscuity, state sanctioned abortion and gambling threaten the moral fabric of our society. The well being of our communities, the strength of our families, and the hearts, minds, lives and souls of our children are at risk when traditional values and high community standards are abandoned.

Kathy was married to her late husband for over 31 years, is the mother of three adult children, grandmother of four and great grandmother of three.

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