Articles by David E. Smith
UPDATED: Social Media Tools for Conservative Christian Activists
By David E. Smith   |   09.20.19
In an effort to reach a larger audience, increase awareness and broaden our platform, IFI is delighted to draw your attention to two social media components that can help you stay informed and equipped and enable you to take action...
Pastor Jim Nicodem on 40 Days for Life
By David E. Smith   |   09.14.19
Illinois Family Institute wants to encourage Christians everywhere to prayerfully consider taking part in the upcoming peaceful campaign known as 40 Days for Life. It is an important pro-life effort to save lives and share truth. By partnering with 40...
Transgenderism: The Consequences
By David E. Smith   |   09.09.19
Since the time he was a young boy and his grandmother sewed him a purple dress and told him how beautiful he looked, Walt Heyer had struggled with transgenderism. Through elementary school and high school, where he was a successful...
Q&A Session With John Stonestreet
By David E. Smith   |   08.26.19
As John Stonestreet taught in his sessions at the IFI Worldview Conference, it is important for Christians to engage with culture, for culture-making is something God created us to do; to avoid culture is to avoid the world that God has given us. But how should we go about engaging culture? What about the situations we've all heard about, and are unsure of how to handle?
Stonestreet: Restoring All Things: Joining God’s Redemptive Plan
By David E. Smith   |   08.20.19
In the preceding lectures from the 2019 IFI Worldview Conference, John Stonestreet addressed what culture really is, along with its role in God’s creation and what we as Christians have to do with it. In this final session, “Restoring All...
Gun Control Won’t Work
By David E. Smith   |   08.17.19
In 2016, there were 11,004 gun homicides in the United States, Additionally, 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Why do leftists demonize guns but are silent when it comes to alcohol’s role in DUI deaths? Some big government...
Early Bird Deadline Approaching!
By David E. Smith   |   08.14.19
Illinois Family Institute is looking forward to welcoming Rev. Franklin Graham to our annual fall banquet in a few months to share his faith, concerns about the secular culture and his vision for our country. He truly inspires hope for...
Stonestreet: Have We Lost the Culture? Why Christians Should Continue to Care
By David E. Smith   |   08.12.19
What is culture? For many Christians, “culture” simply means “all the bad stuff that happens in the world,” but according to John Stonestreet, it’s far more than that. The problem is not with culture, for culture is neither good nor...
Stonestreet: The Sexual Revolution: Its Ideas and Its Victims
By David E. Smith   |   08.05.19
What grounds human dignity? Without the answers that the Christian ideas of inherent dignity and equality provide, the culture turns to sex. In the first session at the 2019 IFI Worldview Conference, John Stonestreet spoke on what it means to...
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.
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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