Articles by David E. Smith
Coronavirus:<br>National Day of Prayer
By David E. Smith   |   03.14.20
President Donald J. Trump has called for a National Day of Prayer this Sunday. While there is never a lack of serious issues to pray about, the level of anxiety and even fear among citizens is at a level many...
A Conversation with Rod Dreher [Full Interview]
By David E. Smith   |   03.06.20
Previously we have featured a series of video excerpts, but, as promised, we are now pleased to present the entirety of Pastor Derek Buikema’s recent interview with Rod Dreher, senior editor at the American Conservative and author of The Benedict...
The 2020 Pro-Life Billboard Blitz
By David E. Smith   |   03.03.20
Illinois Family Institute is partnering with other pro-life advocates to reach and challenge millions of our neighbors with the truth about abortion. We are putting up pro-life billboards with the simple and bold statement “Abortion Takes A Human Life,” but...
IFI Worldview Conference: Thinking Biblically About Our Corrosive Culture
By David E. Smith   |   02.27.20
Please join the Illinois Family Institute for our annual Worldview Conference on March 7th at the Village Church of Barrington. This year we are featuring two well-respected and fearless Christian theologians who will help us better understand and better respond...
Last Call for IFI Voter Guides
By David E. Smith   |   02.24.20
This is our last call for bulk Voter Guide orders for the upcoming primary election. If you currently DO NOT receive our newsletters by snail mail and you’d like a printed copy of the IFI Voter Guide, call our office to give us your address.
Yet Another Springfield Attack On Parental Rights and Religious Liberty
By David E. Smith   |   02.17.20
Late last week we sent an email alert about a dangerous Illinois House bill (HB 4870) mandating that ALL 6th grade students in Illinois receive the unnecessary and highly controversial HPV vaccine - both boys and girls. Politicians have no business mandating medical treatment for all children to prevent a disease that's contracted solely through sexual activity. Parents should be outraged! But it gets worse.
Upcoming Pro-Family Events in Illinois
By David E. Smith   |   02.16.20
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...
February 2020 Prayer Alert
By David E. Smith   |   02.07.20
The 2020 session of the Illinois General Assembly is now underway in Springfield. Our state lawmakers are introducing new proposals, adding to the 6,000+ bills that were introduced in the first half of the session (2019). IFI’s top concern is...
Don’t Miss Drs. Michael Brown & Robert Gagnon at IFI’s Worldview Conference – March 7th!
By David E. Smith   |   01.28.20
Every day the established media and pop culture assault our Judeo-Christian beliefs and values with left-wing narratives that undermine family, faith and freedom. Some of that is calculated and premeditated, and some of it is the unintended result of a...
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:


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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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