Articles by David E. Smith
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...
Summertime Matching Challenge!
By David E. Smith   |   07.14.21
We are very excited to announce an amazing summer-time matching challenge made possible through the generosity of faithful supporters. to help us specifically raise $80,000 for our urgent "Rescuing the Children" initiative! So, between now and Labor Day, you can double the impact of your giving while helping us fund this critical battle!
Bold, Earnest, and Fervent Prayers
By David E. Smith   |   07.13.21
Shortly after Dallas Seminary was founded in the early 1920’s, it came to the point of bankruptcy and almost folded. On the morning it was to be foreclosed, the founders and leaders of the school met in the president's office to pray that God would provide.

Harry Ironside was present at that prayer meeting. He boldly prayed, "Lord, we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are Thine. Please sell some of them and send us the money."
IFI Prayer Team: God’s Call for Unity
By David E. Smith   |   06.17.21
In the Gospels, often we see Jesus going to a secluded place to spend time with the Father in prayer.  We are blessed to have some of the prayers of Jesus recorded in the Holy Scriptures. One of the most intimate prayers our Lord prayed was in the Garden of Gethsemane. Moments before His arrest, Jesus’ humanity was on display as He poured His heart out to the Father.
Toolkit: Combatting Critical Race Theory in Your Community
By David E. Smith   |   06.10.21
This guide is meant for anyone of any knowledge and experience level who is concerned about what children are being taught and how they are being treated, with an emphasis on making the banning of Critical Race Theory (CRT) the central theme by which you reclaim your schools. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a branch of what we call Critical Social Justice (CSJ), or what others may refer to as Critical Theory.
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 30 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 28 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. They strongly believe that their first duty before God is to disciple their children in the Christian faith, and impress a love of God on their hearts. There is a plethora of research that suggest that parents are the primary influencers in a child’s life. In an ideal world, that’s a mom and dad. Discipleship includes not only studying God’s Word but living a life of faith and walking in obedience to God. Discipleship is also necessary for sound doctrine, love of God and others. We do this in hopes of raising healthy and productive members of society, and re-create disciple-making movements in their homes and in their spheres of influence.

Dave also serves as a Chairman of a Republican Township in Will County and serves as an ordained minister/elder in his local church.

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