How Did They Vote in 2021?
By Kathy Valente   |   11.15.21
Over 7,000 bills have been introduced in this 102nd General Assembly during the first half of 2021. We have complied voting records for all 118 state representatives and 59 state senator on 12 (and in several cases, 13) bills that are on IFI's Opposed list.
Health Care Right of Conscience Act Still Protects Your Right to Refuse COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing
11.02.21
Article II Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution provides that “[t]he legislative, executive and judicial branches are separate. No branch shall exercise powers properly belonging to another. Article VI Section 1 provides that “[t]he judicial power is vested in a Supreme Court, an Appellate Court and Circuit Courts.”

With the passage of Senate Bill 1169 (SB 1169), Governor JB Pritzker and his cronies have attempted to usurp the exclusive power of the judicial branch of government.
Illinois Representatives Hope to Restrict Governor’s Unilateral Rule
By Kristi Shaffer   |   10.29.21
In March of 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker issued a series of emergency orders. Executive Order 2020-04, issued on March 13, 2020, was the governor’s first time seizing emergency power. Under the Illinois Emergency Management...
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 Not only did they attack health care conscience rights protections, but they also repealed Illinois' last major abortion regulation which ensured the rights of parents/guardians to be notified when their minor daughter seeks to have an abortion.
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.
Illinois Legislators Pass Bills Allowing Transgender, Nonbinary Individuals to Change Vital Records
By Christine Misner   |   06.17.21
Just in time for LGBTQ Pride Month, the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 2590 requiring county clerks to issue new marriage certificates upon request to reflect legal name changes for transgender and non-binary individuals. It passed by a vote of...
Jericho Prayer March in Springfield
By David E. Smith   |   06.09.21
Illinois Family Institute is calling for pro-family Illinoisans to rally at 410 E. Jackson St. from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM to pray and recite scripture, to sing hope into darkness, and to call on the Lord’s blessing as we answer His call to “rescue the weak and the needy, and deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Springfield Dems’ Twofer: Lick “LGBT” Boots & Hurt Economy
By Laurie Higgins   |   06.04.21
The Illinois General Assembly just passed SB1730, which will require that “public corporations … report the self-identified sexual orientation and self-identified gender identity of its directors.”
Time Sensitive Matter for Prayer and Action: Oppose Big Centralized Government
By Calvin Lindstrom   |   05.25.21
We are asking for your special prayer and action on one bill in particular, HB 2789, because of a hearing that is scheduled for Wednesday morning, May 26th.

This bill adds an amendment to an existing law which will grant Springfield sole authority to determine whether, when, and under what conditions public schools can return to in-person instruction in the event of a public health crisis. It takes away local control, and centralizes power in Springfield.
Illinois Democrats Trying to Give More Power to Bureaucrats During All Health Crises
By Laurie Higgins   |   04.26.21
Leftists here in Illinois have been heeding the opportunistic control freak Rahm Emanuel’s instruction: You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not...
Small Window of Time to File Witness Slips
By Kathy Valente   |   03.16.21
The following bills have been assigned to committees and are on the docket for hearings. This is the only time you can file a witness slip that you support or oppose a bill. If, when you click on the bill, it won't allow you to file a slip, the time has already passed.
Freshman U.S. Representative Mary Miller Bullied by Deceitful Leftists and Abandoned by Cowardly Republicans
By Laurie Higgins   |   01.08.21
Another tempest is brewing in the Land of the Lost, formerly known as the Land of Lincoln. It all began when, in a speech to Moms for America, newly elected U.S. Representative Mary Miller quoted Hitler’s infamous assertion from Mein Kampf about the indoctrination of children. Miller said,

"If we win a few elections, we’re still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing. He said, 'Whoever has the youth has the future.'”

The political world came unhinged.
HB 163 Will Handcuff Illinois Law Enforcement
By Kathy Valente   |   01.07.21
A coalition representing Illinois law enforcement leadership and rank-and-file officers has issued a statement in opposition to House Bill 163 as amended that was unveiled earlier this month, saying: The so-called “reforms” that are part of House Bill 163 as...
Rape-Kit Backlog Increases Despite Politicians’ Efforts
By Christine Misner   |   12.22.20
Many government officials and progressives in Illinois like to tout the state as being a leader in championing the women’s rights. In April 2020, a report in the Chicago Tribune showed a shocking backlog of rape kits waiting to be tested by the Illinois State Police. Women across the state have suffered for years while waiting for the DNA of their attackers to be tested in hopes of having their cases solved and their violators brought to justice. Since that report brought the problem to the public’s attention, the ISP has made progress, but there are many kits still to be tested with more rape crimes adding to that number.
Make A Difference, Run for Office
12.08.20
As we look back at the results from this past election season, we ponder what could have been improved if there were better elected officials in Washington D.C. and in Springfield. The media constantly draws our attention to the national political scene. Yet, it was Tip O’Neill who stated, “All politics is local.” When was the last time you voted in your local election? If you do vote, how much research do you do to determine the best candidates?
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