Articles by David E. Smith
Stonestreet: The Beautiful Biblical Vision of the Human Person
By David E. Smith   |   08.01.19
“All men are created equal” and “man is created in the image of God”—these two statements are arguably some of the most important concepts in American history and in Christianity, respectively. But what do they have to do with each...
Community Opt-Out for Marijuana Dispensaries
By David E. Smith   |   07.17.19
Last month, on June 25th, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation to approve so-called “recreational” marijuana for persons 21 years old and older. When this law (HB 1438 Senate Amendment 2) takes effect on January 1, 2020, it will allow...
Rev. Franklin Graham to Keynote IFI’s Annual Banquet!
By David E. Smith   |   06.11.19
You’ll definitely want to save the date for the next IFI Fall Banquet: Friday, November 1st. This year our keynote speaker will be none other than Rev. Franklin Graham, President & CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Christian...
More Anti-Family Legislation Approved by State Lawmakers
By David E. Smith   |   06.04.19
The regular session of the Illinois General Assembly ended at midnight on May 31st. When that deadline passed, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) called for a Special Session of the Illinois House in order to finish what they started--namely the expansion of immorality, exploitation of citizens with new fees and taxes, and irresponsible spending of state government. They finished "business" on Sunday.
2019 Session Recap and Perspective
By David E. Smith   |   05.31.19
If you follow politics and public policy at all, you know well the saying, "elections have consequences." Well, during this most recent General Assembly session (January-May), and especially the last two weeks, we have seen those consequences in spades, as super majorities in both the Illinois Senate and Illinois House passed far-reaching agenda items that can only be described extreme, duplicitous, and destructive.
Illinois Senate Passes Legal Weed
By David E. Smith   |   05.30.19
The Illinois Senate approved the so-called  “Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act” (HB 1438 Senate Amendment 2) late yesterday by a vote of 38–17 with two voting present and two not voting. This bill now moves to the Illinois House for consideration. We have been told that Governor Pritzker has been making personal calls to lawmakers, promising them favors for their yes vote.
Pray, Pray, Pray & Call, Call, Call
By David E. Smith   |   05.27.19
As you may know, our state lawmakers returned to the Capitol late Sunday afternoon to begin their last week of regular session, which is scheduled to end on Friday, May 31st. At 6:08 PM, SB 25 (House Amendment 1) was...
“Is This What You Really Want for Your Children?” Asks State Rep. Moylan
By David E. Smith   |   05.23.19
“There’s other ways to generate revenue, not on the backs of our kids and young adults who are going to be addicted and sucked into this.” So said State Representative Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines), at a news conference that was held outside the Thompson Center earlier this month. Rep. Moylan is leading a bipartisan effort that opposes Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s precipitous push to legalize recreational marijuana.
Psychologist Warns Lawmakers Against Marijuana Legalization
By David E. Smith   |   05.16.19
“Any change in drug policy should reduce drug use, not increase it,” states Dr. Aaron Weiner, licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Naperville. Dr. Weiner succinctly details the facts that refute Illinois...
Industrialization, Commercialization of “Millennial Marijuana”
By David E. Smith   |   05.14.19
Abu Edwards, National Director for Smart Approaches to Marijuana, has an impassioned message for Illinois legislators who are pursuing a headlong rush to legalize weed – slow down, or better yet, stop altogether! Based on personal experience, Edwards describes the...
Pastor Livingston Speaks Out Against “Hopped-Up Super Weed”
By David E. Smith   |   05.10.19
Pastor Gregory Livingston, interim pastor of New Hope Baptist Church on the west side of Chicago, is bold enough to speak the blunt truth (pun intended) about the “hopped-up super weed” that Governor JB Pritzker and the Democrats in Springfield are eager to legalize – or as Livingston states, “weaponized” against disadvantaged communities.
End-of-Session Prayer Alert
By David E. Smith   |   04.30.19
Illinois State lawmakers are entering into the last month of the 2019 Spring Session. They have much on their legislative agenda, including approving a budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1st. The Illinois State Constitution requires...
Don’t Let Springfield Lawmakers Silence Our Pro-Life Voice!
By David E. Smith   |   04.23.19
HJR 55 is the anti-life Left’s blatantly vicious scheme to deprive IFI — and ultimately all Illinois pro-life conservatives — of exercising our constitutionally-protected First Amendment Right to Free Speech!
Former Drug Addict Opposes Marijuana Legalization [VIDEO]
By David E. Smith   |   04.23.19
If anyone still thinks marijuana is a harmless drug, Theodore Jones’ testimony proves otherwise. Jones, a substance abuse counselor and manager at Pacific Garden Mission and a “former recovering drug addict,” found physical and spiritual salvation through the ministry of PGM.
May Day Meltdown!
By David E. Smith   |   04.16.19
Illinois state lawmakers are on spring break for the next two weeks. Many of them have announced "in-district" work hours. This is a great time to get an appointment with your state representative and senator to talk to them about your concerns, especially your concerns about these extreme anti-life bills which would expand abortion's reach in our state...
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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