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The Illinois Family Spotlight podcast will highlight a specific cultural or political issue of which our listeners should be aware. Our discussions will be informed by a biblical worldview that will help expose the lies and distortions promulgated within secular culture. We will be interviewing policy experts and scholars whose knowledge and insights will help listeners form a wiser worldview.

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Education Choice (Spotlight #046)

In the Spotlight with Monte Larrick and David Smith this week is Lennie Jarratt, who is the project manager for the Center for Transforming Education at The Heartland Institute.

Lennie is the former managing editor (2013-2014) of Champion News, an Illinois based news website focused on reporting on education and Illinois politics. Jarratt was the managing editor (2004-2011) of Education Matters which researched education in local school districts across Illinois.

Jarratt has presented analysis on Common Core and education choice on Fox News, Breitbart, ABC Chicago and multiple radio outlets and newspapers across the United States. … Continue Reading

Watchman on the Wall (Spotlight #045)

Pastor J.C. Church is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Victory In Truth Ministries, a growing multicultural church, birthed in September of 1997. He currently serves as the P50 Pastor in Ohio for the Family Research Council. He is also the President and Founder of 3 Cord Alliance. JC joins Monte Larrick on this issue of Illinois Family Spotlight.

Pastor Church has a passion for leaders and leadership principles. He has been called to “equip the body of Christ to know how to operate in faith, and possess the promises that God has for them”.… Continue Reading

A Dynamic Pro-Life Duo (Spotlight #044)

On this edition of Illinois Family Spotlight, Joe Scheidler and his wife Ann Scheidler join the program to discuss pro-life issues as well as sharing many stories about their extensive experiences in the pro-life movement. Joe is the Founder and National Director of the Pro-Life Action League, and his wife Ann is the Vice President. They have been married for over 50 years and have seven children and 24 grandchildren.

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Homeschooling in the State of Illinois (Spotlight #043)

Written by Benjamin Smith

In the spotlight this week is Kirk Smith, the Executive Director of the Illinois Christian Home Educators. Kirk graduated from Greenville College, teaching and coaching for two years at the high school level before founding the House of Prayer church in Albion, IL, which he pastored for almost 25 years. Kirk and his wife Joely live in Bone Gap with their 11 children who range in age from toddler to young adult.… Continue Reading

Illinois Has More Than Enough Gambling (Spotlight #042)

Anita Bedell is Executive Director for Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems (ILCAAAP).  Anita and Monte Larrick discuss Gambling and Marijuana, its effects on revenue and taxes, in Illinois.

Take Action!

SB 7 has passed the Senate, call your state representative and the Governor’s office and tell them to oppose SB 7. The capitol switchboard is (217) 782-2000. Don’t know your state rep? Click here.

Also, please ask your lawmakers to oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana.… Continue Reading

The Testimony of Florence Hubbs (Spotlight #041)

Written by Benjamin Smith

On this edition of Spotlight, David is joined by Kathy Valente, the Director of Operations at IFI, Lisa Ridinger, a pro-family activist from the suburbs, and ex-lesbian and pro-family activist Florence Hubbs. Flo gives her testimony of coming to Christ and her journey out of the homosexual lifestyle. They also discuss what the church should be doing to minister to people who are struggling with same-sex attraction.

Flo Hubbs lived as a lesbian for 14 years, and ultimately found healing and restoration through the words of an evangelist as well as a group of women who were struggling with hurt and brokenness—just like she was.… Continue Reading

The ERA is a War on Women (Spotlight #040)

Elise Bouc is the State Chairwoman of Stop ERA Illinois. She joins Monte and Dave to discuss the extensive negative consequences of the ERA in the state of Illinois and the nation. The ERA has been around since the 1920’s and more recently in the 1970’s till now has been fought by people like Phyllis Schlafly, and Penny Pullen.

Take action!

Call your state representative and senator and ask them to oppose the ERA in Illinois, call (217) 782-2000.… Continue Reading

“I Used to Blame Obama For My Problems, Now I Blame Climate Change”(Spotlight #039)

Written by Benjamin Smith

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, the founder and national spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance, discusses the misinformation being spread by climate change alarmists in this week’s podcast.  Even Pope Francis has weighed in, imploring world leaders to implement global environmental pacts to combat human-caused global warming.  Dr. Beisner explains why these misguided efforts to supposedly safeguard the future of the planet actually hurt the poor and the needy of the world.… Continue Reading

A Victory for Young People, Pastors and Religious Liberty in Illinois (Spotlight #038)

On this special edition of Illinois Family Spotlight, Monte Larrick talks to John Mauck, an attorney and partner of the Mauck and Baker law firm, established in Chicago in 2001, is nationally known for representing churches, religious institutions, businesses, and individuals. John has been an attorney for over 30 years, representing many churches and ministries in Chicago to provide religious land use in restricted areas of the city. His work drafting the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act which became federal law in 2000 has helped congregations across the country freely worship.… Continue Reading

Springfield Pro-Family Update (Spotlight #037)

Illinois lawmakers are back in Springfield after a two-week break, and only have six weeks before they are scheduled to adjourn for the summer.  Monte and Dave discuss pending legislation with IFI lobbyist, Ralph Rivera, the only full-time pro-family lobbyist in Springfield.

Take ACTION! Please call your state rep and ask them to vote NO to each of these bills.

HB 40 — reinstates taxpayer-funded abortions for Medicaid recipients and adds abortion coverage in state employees’ insurance plans.… Continue Reading

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