Articles by David E. Smith
Gov. Pritzker Cheers Abortion at Planned Parenthood
By David E. Smith   |   01.23.19
On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker held a news conference at a Chicago Planned Parenthood office to sign an executive order expanding abortion access in Illinois. With all the work that needs to be done in our state, the celebration and championing of abortion, what Planned Parenthood likes to call “reproductive rights,” will do nothing to solve the state’s growing fiscal crisis and outbound migration.
Must See Pro-Life Short Film: “Mitosis”
By David E. Smith   |   01.18.19
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Frank Capra’s beloved Christmas classic, shows the desperate, suicidal protagonist, George Bailey, what the small community of Bedford Falls would be like if he had never been born. With the help of his guardian angel, George’s...
New Year Call to Prayer
By David E. Smith   |   01.08.19
As we begin 2019–with new federal lawmakers being sworn in to office last week in Washington D.C. and new state lawmakers being sworn into office this week–it is vital that we are intentional about praying for those in authority. Although...
Bomberger: Black Lives Matter In and Out of the Womb
By David E. Smith   |   01.03.19
Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, recently spoke, by invitation, at an on-campus event hosted by the Wheaton College Republicans. In a presentation entitled Black Lives Matter In and Out of the Womb, Mr. Bomberger...
Help Us Shine in the Darkness
By David E. Smith   |   12.29.18
Through the ages, America has shone the brightest when she stood for not only liberty but also godliness and virtue. Indeed, the strength of our beloved nation rests upon the moral integrity of her citizens. John Adams wrote to the...
Merry Christmas!
By David E. Smith   |   12.25.18
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  May the peace and love of “the baby born in Bethlehem” be in your heart this season and throughout the year. It is an amazing gift to be able to freely celebrate our faith and to proclaim the birth of our Savior who came to give life and give it abundantly (John 10:10).
Celebrating the Birth of Christ!
By David E. Smith   |   12.24.18
More than 2,000 years ago He was born in Bethlehem. This Baby, born of a virgin, of the lineage of King David, was the long-awaited savior, the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace — the Word of God in...
With YOUR Support, It Can Happen!
By David E. Smith   |   12.19.18
The zeal, knowledge and dedication of the IFI Team exhilarates me, and at the same time it humbles me. They understand our purpose and mission, and as our Judeo-Christian foundation disintegrates, the need for truth-telling becomes increasingly important. We long...
Spiritual Warfare: Standing Strong
By David E. Smith   |   12.18.18
As you can well imagine, over the past several months, I have had a number of projects, concerns and prayers on my mind and on my “to do” list. Yet, as all these issues swirl around in my thoughts, there...
Just Say “Merry Christmas”
By David E. Smith   |   12.07.18
Before we even put a dent into the Thanksgiving leftovers, we leap wholeheartedly into “the most wonderful time of the year!” But, when the décor switches from gold and orange to red and green, do you find yourself wondering if...
Biggest Match Challenge in IFI History
By David E. Smith   |   11.30.18
We are thrilled to announce our largest end-of-year matching challenge ever!  Thanks to amazingly generous IFI partners, we have an end-of-year matching challenge of $100,000! We are excited about the prospect of doubling every dollar donated to IFI by December...
Sharia for Women: A Female Sharia Survivor Shares Her Story
By David E. Smith   |   11.17.18
Islam, Muhammad, life in Iran, Sharia – how knowledgeable are you on these topics? Anni Cyrus is well-acquainted with all of them. She was born in Iran to a father who was a sheikh and a mother who taught the...
A New Push For Legal Weed
By David E. Smith   |   11.10.18
Just hours after after his election-night victory speech, Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has been making the rounds with Chicago media, talking up plans to make marijuana a priority in Illinois, telling one news outlet that it is “something we can work...
The Problems with Assisted Suicide
By David E. Smith   |   11.08.18
In an excerpt from a panel discussion, Ryan T. Anderson, PhD., author and the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles & Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, discusses four arguments against physician-assisted suicide. A strong pro-life stance must encompass not only the value of life in the womb, but also the value of life at every point from birth to God-appointed death.
Biblical and Free, or Secular and Statist?
By David E. Smith   |   10.26.18
Far too many Christians distance themselves altogether from the political process or choose to cast a ballot only during a presidential election cycle. But it is imperative that followers of the Lord Jesus Christ exercise their God-given right to vote in every election. If we don’t take time to research the candidates and then go to the polls, we effectively concede the outcome of the election to those who don’t reverence God or uphold His principles.
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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