Check Out The IFA Online Voter Guide!

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Written by David E. Smith

Illinois Family Action is excited to announce the best voting resource for the Illinois elections is back online – the IFA Voter Guide – now available for concerned citizens at

This free online voter guide is an evaluation of candidates and includes a detailed summary of important information that will help inform you on where the candidates stand on important issues like religious liberty, natural marriage, and the sanctity of life.

We researched candidates based on a number of criterion and then rated them on a seven point scale from Very Liberal to Very Conservative.  The IFA Voter Guide also provides critical background information such as endorsements, donations to and from the candidate(s), candidate statements on the issues, and information from other sources.… Continue Reading

Which Presidential Aspirant(s) Would Make America (And You!) Prosper?


Written by Ralph Benko – Senior Economic Advisor at the American Principles Project

As I recently wrote in my column, “Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity.” The GOP candidates have been emphatic about our national security, about which more in a bit.

All of them strangely have been pretty quiet about our prosperity. Getting the economy moving again deserves, now, to be the top issue. Ted Cruz has offered the most Reaganesque plan for getting us robust growth. Cruz laid out a solid, credible, prosperity plan. He presented his Flat Tax and, most important, staked out a credible recipe for excellent monetary policy: the gold standard.

Cruz references these. He’ll defend them. He’s committed to them. But, like the others, he’s not been featuring either the prosperity theme or his solid plan.… Continue Reading

Obama’s Hidden Climate Leverage

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Patsy Lynch/REX Shutterstock (4926262g) Barack Obama holds a press conference at that White House to announce new Clean Power Plan, designed to impact climate change. President Obama announces 'Clean Power Plan' at a White House press conference, Washington DC, America - 03 Aug 2015

Pres Obama announces ‘Clean Power Plan’ at a White House press conference on Aug 3, 2015
(Photo by Patsy Lynch)

The Clean Air Act gives him one more big tool to control states’ energy sectors. Will he use it?

Written by Brian Potts

Over the past six months, President Barack Obama has cemented his climate legacy with the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and the execution of the Paris climate agreement. But, as even he admits, neither of those policies will be enough to avert the worst effects of climate change. In fact, the laws on the books today aren’t even enough for the United States to meet its Paris obligations. The U.S. — and the rest of the world — must do much more.

Fortunately for the president, there’s a new way for him to right the U.S.’ greenhouse gas trajectory before leaving office: Buried in the Clean Air Act is an extremely powerful mechanism that effectively gives EPA carte blanche to tell states to make drastic cuts to their emissions.… Continue Reading

Trump’s Loss to Cruz Shows Power of Religious Liberty as Campaign Issue

Religious Liberty

Written by Jon Schweppe

The results of the 2016 Iowa Caucus are in, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won with 28 percent of the vote. Donald Trump finished in a disappointing second place with 24 percent, while U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) surged to a close third place with 23 percent.

Terry Schilling, Executive Director at American Principles Project and contributor to The Pulse 2016, explained the results:

“Tonight proves one thing — if you won’t prioritize protecting religious liberty, you won’t win,” Schilling said. “Running on social issues is a winning strategy in both the GOP primary and in the general election. Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio prioritized life, marriage, and religious liberty, and Iowa caucus-goers agreed that their values most matched their own. With Rubio outperforming in Iowa and nearly beating Donald Trump, expect him to perform well in New Hampshire next week.”

Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at American Principles Project and another The Pulse 2016 contributor, said that Donald Trump is in trouble:

“Trump’s brand was ‘winning’ and he just lost,” Gallagher said.… Continue Reading

Join Us in Collinsville on Feb. 28th for the Screening of “Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit”

Join fellow conservatives for a dynamic movie night featuring one of the top compelling films that portrays the true story of how America’s institutions have been infiltrated by Progressive activists who seek the overthrow of America’s traditional culture from within.  Click HERE to watch the trailer.

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For more information, call the IFA office at (708) 781-9371Continue Reading

A Big Victory for Marriage and Religious Liberty

Supporters cheer as caucus returns are reported at Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Ted Cruz supporters cheer as caucus returns are reported at the caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Dear Friend of Marriage and Religious Liberty,

Senator Ted Cruz’s victory [last night] is a resounding affirmation by the Republican voters of Iowa of their determination to protect the institution of marriage against the onslaught being waged against it by cultural and judicial elites.

Iowans have said to the five U.S. Supreme Court justices who in the Obergefell decision sought to impose “same-sex marriage” on them and the people of every other state: This will not stand!

Left-wing activists and the Democratic presidential candidates they support want to stigmatize Christians and other supporters of traditional marriage and bully them into acquiescence. But by giving traditional marriage advocate Ted Cruz a great victory this evening, Iowa Republicans have sent a message that they will fight for marriage and the family and refuse to be intimidated.… Continue Reading

The MAIN Difference Between Cruz and Trump Supporters

Cruz Trump

Written by Pastor John Kirkwood

There are similarities between Trump and Cruz supporters but the prime difference is that the Trump voter is mainly actuated by one principle: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

If you despise the GOP establishment and you hate Political Correctness then Trump the “outsider,” who has challenged those things vociferously, is very appealing. The dismayed and despondent, blind with rage, just want a pound of flesh. RINO flesh. And who can blame them? Following the betrayal of the GOP leadership, the sale of pitchforks and guillotines is at an all-time high.

The problem with this fairy tale is that the GOP establishment is now siding with Trump over Cruz. And instead of rejecting their praise, Trump is marking the point of difference by suggesting that Cruz can’t get along with these people and that he can make “deals” with them.… Continue Reading

Action Needed Urgently!

Written by David E. Smith

The family is the bedrock of society. It is the institution that teaches people to give for the sake of others. It is a school of morality. And the family is under siege. President Ronald Reagan underscored the importance of family in a national address on May 28, 1985:

There is no cultural institution as ennobling as family life. And there is no superior, indeed no equal, means to rear the young, protect the weak, or attend the elderly. None.

The family is not just a group of people who choose to like one another. No, the family is an institution built on a marriage between a man and woman. Everyone should know that. But, of course, not everyone understands that anymore. The propagandists are doing their job very well.Continue Reading

Student Privacy Bill in Springfield

Courageous Lawmakers Fight for Student Privacy

Written by Laurie Higgins

State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) introduced the bi-partisan Pupil Physical Privacy Act (HB 4474), which if passed would require the following:

[A] school board to designate each pupil restroom, changing room, or overnight facility accessible by multiple pupils simultaneously, whether located in a public school building or located in a facility utilized by the school for a school-sponsored activity, for the exclusive use of pupils of only one sex. Defines “sex” as the physical condition of being male or female, as determined by an individual’s chromosomes and identified at birth by that individual’s anatomy. 

Signing on as co-sponsors are John D. Anthony (R-Morris), Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), John M. Cabello (R-Loves Park), C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville), Mary E. Flowers (D-Chicago), Jeanne M. Ives (R-Wheaton), Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), Sherry L.Continue Reading

Time to Pray, Time to Seek the Face of Almighty God


Written By Rev. James McDonald

There is no doubt about it, many of us are hoping that 2016 will bring real change. Remembering back to the mantras of 2008, there were those who were anticipating “hope and change.” However, what we have seen over the course of the past eight years is not only more of the same, but a continual slide into social, economic, international, and moral chaos. And as a result, we continue to petition the Throne of Heaven, seeking real and fundamental change.

However, as we turn to the only One who can indeed bring real change, it’s fitting to consider how we should approach His Throne. The Apostle Paul encourages us to pray, specifically for our political situation, in his first letter to Timothy, and chapter 2 where he says, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

Reflecting on this verse we see the reality that prayer indeed does change things.… Continue Reading

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