Articles by David E. Smith
Fall Banquet Early Bird Special Expires Soon!
By David E. Smith   |   08.18.18
Illinois Family Institute is proud to be welcoming George Barna as our keynote speaker at our fall banquet to share his faith, political insights and his most recent polling work regarding faith-based statistics, leadership and upcoming elections in the United...
Radical Islam to Agnosticism to Disciple of Christ
By David E. Smith   |   08.09.18
How did you come to faith in Jesus? For most of us, a parent, grandparent, Sunday school teacher, or other influential person in our life shared the Gospel with us, answered our questions, encouraged and prayed over us, leading us...
Insult and Injury: The Problem of Pot and Pesticides
By David E. Smith   |   08.03.18
Bifenazate, Trifloxystrobin, Abamectin, Bifenthrin. Do these names sound like healthy ingredients or chemicals you would feel comfortable ingesting in foods or beverages? These are pesticides that have been discovered in laboratory-tested samples of “medical” marijuana and marijuana products that were...
Marijuana: Fostering a Chronic State
By David E. Smith   |   07.23.18
As you know, IFI is very concerned about the move by certain state lawmakers to legalize “recreational” marijuana in Illinois. In 2014, so-called “medical” marijuana became legal in the Land of Lincoln. Over the past four years, state lawmakers and...
Prager University Short Video: So, You Think You’re Tolerant?
By David E. Smith   |   07.20.18
How would you define tolerance? The essence of the standard societal and dictionary definitions boils down to this – tolerance is the ability or willingness to live among and get along with people whose opinions and behavior are different, even...
Special Panel on Radical Islam – 3 Locations
By David E. Smith   |   07.10.18
Illinois Family Institute and local ACT for America leaders are hosting a panel of experts to answer your questions about radical Islam in three locations this weekend. This panel includes: Philip Haney, former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistle blower...
PragerU: University Indoctrination
By David E. Smith   |   06.30.18
Dangerous people: taxpayer-funded; indoctrinating impressionable, young minds; all with the goal of undermining Western civilization. If you suppose this describes the henchmen and tactics employed by a Marxist regime halfway around the world, you are wrong. Rather, this commonplace scenario...
George Barna at IFI’s Annual Banquet in October
By David E. Smith   |   06.13.18
Many of you have heard of George Barna, but I dare say you may not know the depth and breadth of of his life experience and accomplishments, and more importantly, his legacy. As noted by Tim Stafford in Christianity Today, Barna, the Christian community's most-quoted statistician, "...is to evangelicals what George Gallup is to the larger culture."
What Does it Mean to be a Conservative?
By David E. Smith   |   06.13.18
What does it mean to be a Conservative? Historically, issues of faith and family that reflect traditional morals and values – the sanctity of life, heterosexual marriage, and belief in God and in His Word – have been the primary...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Colorado Cake Artist
By David E. Smith   |   06.04.18
Earlier this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling, striking down the State of Colorado’s decision against Jack Phillips. Though Jack served all customers, the State of Colorado punished Jack for declining to participate in a same-sex wedding.
Illinois House Ratifies the ERA
By David E. Smith   |   05.30.18
On Wednesday evening, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 72 to 45 to ratify SJRCA 4, a completely unnecessary proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to eradicate sex as a legitimate characteristic on which to base reasonable distinctions. Illinois House GOP Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and ten House Republicans voted for the ERA, while five Democrats voted against this resolution.
Dog Days of… Spring?
By David E. Smith   |   05.29.18
Recent weather trends plunged us into July-in-Illinois-type heat, making it feel like the dog days of summer, which always take a toll on the donations necessary to sustain IFI.  When the weather heats up, donations cool down. The Illinois Family...
Stop Illinois Funding of Abortion
By David E. Smith   |   05.24.18
The Illinois General Assembly is winding up its work for the 2018 Spring session and will try to adjourn for the summer by Thursday, May 31st. That means that things could move very quickly over the next six days. We...
The March 20 Illinois Election: Commit to Fighting This Battle on Our Knees
By David E. Smith   |   03.13.18
Scripture calls God’s people to pray before battle, to hand our cares and insurmountable odds over to the Father. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God....
Shine Like Stars
By David E. Smith   |   02.26.18
The year that was, 2017, is now fading in the rearview mirror. As we look out on the unfolding expanse of 2018, as far as the eye can see, the culture war rages – a hard-pitched battle between a culture...
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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