This week's Spotlight features the conversation of IFA's David E. Smith and Stephanie Trussell, on joined The Stephanie Trussell Show on 890 AM this past Saturday afternoon. Stephanie questions him about the recreational marijuana question on the ballot in Cook County.
01.24.18
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In this age of fake news it is problematic to cite big media reports as source material. Nevertheless, when State Representative Dave McSweeney says that Governor Bruce Rauner supported a tax increase if it was part of a “grand bargain,” then there is a good chance many of the links below are more factual than not.
01.24.18
The news cycles so fast these days that president Trump’s alleged denigration of Haiti and Africa using a repugnant term is already fading from view. But since the topic of immigration is front and center again, it’s worth pausing for a moment to think through the gist of his comment.
01.23.18
Did you know that it is now possible to register to vote online in Illinois? Add to that convince the more than generous window for vote early voting, it is now easier than ever for citizens to fulfill their civic responsibility.   While there are legitimate concerns about potential fraud, there is no reason not to take full advantage of this new law. You can do so by visiting the State Board of Elections website.
01.22.18
Every year since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court made its infamous decision in Roe v. Wade, pro-life activists have gathered in our nation’s capitol to mark the anniversary in a somber, peaceful demonstration. Over 20,000 attended the first March for Life in 1974 and now the number of participants reaches over 400,000.
01.19.18
The series on Identity Politics and Paraphilias continues to highlight one of the many the opportunities that the American political left has given the American political right. Leftism has been seen to be unstoppable in the past. That is not the case any longer.
01.18.18
Perhaps you heard about the petulant, self-righteous, and downright rude behavior of Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Chris Kennedy directed at fellow gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives at a governor’s forum on Monday. When Jeanne Ives made the commonsense-infused claim that a solution to gun violence is “fathers in the home,” she was greeted by not only boos from the audience but this withering and ignorant response from Kennedy:...
01.17.18
In this week's edition of Illinois Family Spotlight, Monte Larrick and Dave Smith sit down to talk with Bishop Lance Davis about the push to legalize recreational marijuana.  Bishop Davis is the senior pastor of New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton, Illinois and chairman of the African American Clergy Coalition.
01.16.18
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in Elizabeth Warren's house as people went crazy over the prospect of Oprah 2020. I can only imagine Warren's reaction. Did she yell at the TV? Mutter under her breath? Immediately call her media consultant in panic? We know the slight got to her. By midweek she was making the rounds on cable. There she was, with Mark Warner of Virginia, reminding us of her existence, talking about God knows what, and smiling uncomfortably when asked, inevitably, what she thought of the Lady O...
01.15.18
A common theme among progressives is that conservatives aren't just wrong; they're dumb.  Reagan was dumb.  G.W. Bush was dumb.  Trump is dumb.  "Knuckle-dragger," "mouth-breather," "stupid," and "uncultured" are typical pejoratives hurled at conservatives, who apparently tend to live in trailer parks, require dental care, handle snakes, and marry first cousins.  Why, I had a liberal actor...
01.13.18
Our politics is coarse and divided.  The media have been driven mad by the need to break scoops first, leading to clumsy and embarrassing errors.  Social media are turning us all into Narcissus, staring distractedly into digital pools, erasing our ability to think critically.  The world's rising powers no longer fret over our might.
01.12.18

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