Articles by David E. Smith
“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...
Praying for Our Enemies
By David E. Smith   |   04.09.19
We at IFI and IFA have been humbled and blessed by the words of encouragement, prayers, and support we have received over the past two weeks from subscribers. We can’t adequately express how thankful we are for such support or describe how is has bolstered our spirits and strengthened our resolve to act and speak boldly in defense of the least among us.
Legalized Marijuana? Better Build More Homeless Shelters
By David E. Smith   |   03.28.19
There are various situations and circumstances that contribute to the growing problem of homelessness in America. According to Pastor Phil Kwiatkowski, president of Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, the factor that most often leads to homelessness is drug use and...
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...
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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