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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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PODCAST: District U-46 Attorney Affirms Right of Men Who Pretend to Be Women to Supervise Girls’ Locker Rooms

Everyone should listen to three segments of the most recent school board meeting in the continually controversial District U-46. These segments offer a picture of the type of collision between wisdom and foolishness that should be taking place in every government school right now. The wise and courageous heroes in this collision are school board member Jeanette Ward and community member Ina Silva-Sobolewski. The fools include the relentlessly sanctimonious and indignant Veronica Noland and her ideological ally Melissa Owens as well as appointed board member John Devereux, board president Donna Smith, the district’s chief legal counsel Miguel Rodriguez, and staff attorney Luis Rodriguez (no relation to chief legal counsel).… Continue Reading

“Until It Affects You” (Illinois Family Spotlight #129)

This episode Spotlights the marijuana debate, specifically in Illinois. Dr. Karen Randall joins Monte Larrick and David Smith to discuss the problems that Colorado is experiencing resulting from commercializing marijuana.

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PODCAST: The Trans-Identifying Pritzker Issues Ultimatum to GOP

As most Illinoisans know, the billionaire cousin of our loo-less billionaire governor J.B. Pritzker is “Jennifer” Pritzker, a husky 69-year-old man with an ample beer gut who, after retiring from his 27-year Army career now pretends to be a woman—a Republican woman. Last week, in a commentary replete with overheated rhetoric that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post, Pritzker (falsely) accused the GOP of “assaulting,” “demonizing,” “marginalizing,” and “persecuting” those who pretend to be the sex they are not and whining that Republicans won’t use incorrect pronouns when referring to him as Democrats do.… Continue Reading

“The Politics of Racial Grievance” (Illinois Family Spotlight #128)

This episode features a discussion on a divided humanity, and a divided Church. Dr. Eric Wallace from the Freedom’s Journal Institute joins Monte Larrick and David Smith to converse on the apparent stifling of black residents in Illinois, and two new FJI projects: Racism in America and the Role of the Church, and Repent Chicago.

They also touch on what the Bible says about racism, the origin of man, how faith affects politics, and the history of addressing the problem of slavery.… Continue Reading

“How to Prevent Illinois’ Collision With Legal Pot” (Illinois Family Spotlight #127)

This episode spotlights a previous edition of Illinois Family Spotlight. An episode which featured a Monte Larrick interview with Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) Regional Director J.D. Mesnard. This interview took place at IFI’s fourth annual worldview conference in early May. In the first half of the podcast, J.D. identifies the importance of ADF’s Church Alliance program, which supports the legal needs of churches across the nation during a time in which attacks on religious liberty are increasing.… Continue Reading

“An Abortion Oasis” (Illinois Family Spotlight #126)

Monte Larrick and David Smith sit down with Kevin Grillot, the vice-president of the March for Life Chicago, and the executive director of WeDignify, formerly known as Students for Life of Illinois, to discuss the 2019 March for Life Chicago.

They also discuss the use of science to knock down pro-abortion arguments, the impact of putting a face to the child in the womb, Illinois quickly becoming an abortion battleground, what WeDignify does, the best way to reach people for life, and the encouraging fact that young people are gravitating towards the pro-life worldview.… Continue Reading

“Free Exercise of Religion on Display in the Capitol” (Illinois Family Spotlight #125)

This edition spotlights the nativity in the state capitol with Thomas Brejcha from the Thomas More Society.

Tom and Monte Larrick discuss free speech, bringing nativity scenes to state capitols nationwide, religious freedom at risk in Illinois with democratic supermajorities and governor, what the Thomas More Society does over the country, sidewalk counseling and the bubble-zone lawsuit, an update on lawsuits combating taxpayer funding of abortion and Illinois’ abortion referral law, a threat to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the importance of retaining Illinois’ parental notification of abortion, and legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia.… Continue Reading

What’s the Dress Code? (Illinois Family Spotlight #124)

On this special edition of Spotlight, we highlight an interview the Executive Director David Smith did with Stephanie Trussell of the Stephanie Trussell Show on WLS 890 AM.

They discuss a controversy at a local church where a member desired to attend as a cross-dresser–a man attempting to dress as a woman, leading the pastor to confront him; the recent midterms; what both host and guest are thankful for; the hypocrisy of addressing Chicago’s violence problem, yet ignoring Chicago’s abortion problem; and the prospects of the 2020 elections.… Continue Reading

“A Civilizational War” (Illinois Family Spotlight #123)

Today’s episode spotlights a forum about Islam at AM 560’s Freedom Summit last November. Dr. Bill Warner and Usama Dakdok discuss the errant label Radical Islam, why Mohammed was the greatest warrior ever, and why we (as a Western Civilization) can win a civilizational war with Islam.

The second half features the question and answer period where the distinguished speakers conversed with the audience on sharia (Islamic Law) and the American Left, sharia’s growing influence in America, Islamic rape gangs in European countries and it’s legality under sharia, sharia finance, why it is imperative to get out and demonstrate, is Europe too far gone, what happens to a Muslim convert, why there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim, the difference between believing and submission in Islam, how to engage Muslim candidates, and Islam in our government schools.… Continue Reading

“State of the State” (Illinois Family Spotlight #122)

This podcast features a presentation by one of Illinois’ finest: Jeanne Ives. Current State Representative Ives gave a presentation in Rockford describing where Illinois stands after the 2018 midterms and what conservatives can do in the next few years to regain control. In the second half, Jeanne fields questions from the audience.

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