Articles by David E. Smith
Thanksgiving, Leprosy, and a Thankful Man
By David E. Smith   |   11.23.21
When I say the word “Thanksgiving,” what comes to mind? For most of us, it would be turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and football. If we go back in our history books, we learn that the early pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving to give God thanks for His goodness. From that time forward...
Warn Your Children About the Religion of Wokeism
By David E. Smith   |   11.19.21
God’s Word is filled with promises, commands, exhortations, and encouragement. Scripture is also replete with warnings. In 1 John 2:15-16, we read: “Do not love the world nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love...
Illinois State Lawmakers Rescind Parental Rights, Conscience Rights
By David E. Smith   |   10.28.21
I know we shouldn't be surprised. We know intuitively and intellectually that the nature of Big Government is tyranny. Yet I was stunned to watch Illinois Democratic State Lawmakers intentionally and aggressively pursued an agenda to diminish the civil rights of its people. Not only did they attack health care conscience rights protections, but they also repealed Illinois' last major abortion regulation which ensured the rights of parents/guardians to be notified when their minor daughter seeks to have an abortion.
UPDATED: Illinois General Assembly Approves Parental Notice Repeal
By David E. Smith   |   10.27.21
On Tuesday afternoon, the Illinois Senate Executive Committee heard testimony on HB 370, the legislation to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. A few hours later, it was sent to the Illinois Senate floor, debated and then passed by...
Parental Notice Repeal in Illinois House Committee
By David E. Smith   |   10.27.21
As we reported earlier, the Illinois Senate passed the pro-abortion, anti-parental rights HB 370 by a vote of 32-22 yesterday. The bill is now in the Illinois House Executive Committee for consideration. We only have a short time to fill out witness slips in opposition to Amendments 1 and 2.
The Health Care Right of Conscience Act & COVID-19
By David E. Smith   |   10.26.21
State Representatives Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), Bob Morgan (D-Highwood) and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) are sponsoring legislation (SB 1169) to diminish the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act specifically for COVID-19 remediation. In other words, these state lawmakers are heading up the effort to strike down existing legislation protecting citizens' rights to excuse  themselves from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Don’t Jump Out of The Boat
By David E. Smith   |   10.25.21
We recently read a great little sermon illustration in which a young boy asked his father, “Dad, I was watching a TV show about marine biologists. Why do scuba-divers jump backwards into the water?” His father wittily responded, “Because if they jumped forward, they'd still be in the boat!”
Our Annual Banquet Is Next Friday!
By David E. Smith   |   10.19.21
The Illinois Family Institute Faith, Family, and Freedom Fall Banquet will take place in less than two weeks, and we can hardly wait to welcome our special guest, Rev. Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer!
Pastor Erwin Lutzer Dinner Tickets Going Fast!
By David E. Smith   |   10.07.21
IFI’s Annual Banquet is getting closer! This year we are hosting our special fall event at the Carlisle in Lombard on October 29th, and we still have ad space, sponsorships, table hosts, and individual seats available. We are very pleased...
Radical Pro-Abortion Bill in Washington D.C.
By David E. Smith   |   09.30.21
Last Friday, by a vote of 218 to 211, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a radical pro-abortion bill that would essentially codify Roe v. Wade. The so-called "Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021" (H.R. 3755) would create an absolute right to abortion in federal law, superseding all state laws. The vote fell along party lines, with only one Democrat—U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX)—voting against the bill.
It Is Time To Pray!
By David E. Smith   |   09.13.21
These last several weeks have been pretty tough for our nation. In addition to observing the 20 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we’ve seen flooding in Tennessee that left over twenty people dead and we’ve witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana and parts of the northeast. We are devastated at the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan which resulted in the death of thirteen special heroes and countless Afghani allies.
Summer Match Update
By David E. Smith   |   08.23.21
There are just a few weeks remaining until IFI's $45,000 Summer Matching Grant deadline of September 6th. So far, we have raised almost $30, 000. So we are three-quarters of the way to our goal. That means we must raise $10,000 between today and Labor Day!
What Have You Made of His House?
By David E. Smith   |   08.16.21
In John, chapter 2, we read the account of Jesus entering the temple and being disgusted by what He saw. John 2:14 says, “In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.”
UPDATE: Summertime Matching Challenge
By David E. Smith   |   08.09.21
We want to thank you for your response to our summertime matching challenge, which was offered to help fund our "Rescuing Our Children" initiative. This Matching Challenge was launched in mid-July and will end on Labor Day, and we are happy to report  that we have raised just over 50 percent of our goal so far.
IFI’s Rescuing Our Children Forums
By David E. Smith   |   07.27.21
One month ago, the IFI Team set off on a five day, eight stop tour of the state of Illinois. Our mission was to reach parents, grandparents and church leaders with an urgent message.  These “Rescuing Our Children” forums featured...
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4).

David has 25-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.

He and his wife of 26 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. He also serves as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in his community and as an ordained minister and elder in his local church.

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