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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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“Parenting in a World of Tech” (Illinois Family Spotlight #064)

In the Spotlight this week is Rob Rienow, the founder of Visionary Family Ministries, he also is the pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Glen Ellyn. Pastor Rienow shares the biblical message of family discipleship at national and international conferences for parents, couples, and church leaders. He partners and consults with numerous churches, encouraging them to accelerate evangelism and discipleship through families. Rob and his wife Amy have seven children and they reside in the western suburbs of Chicago.… Continue Reading

“The Value of the U.S. Constitution” (Illinois Family Spotlight #063)

Is the Declaration of Independence “perhaps one of the most important documents in the history of mankind”? Or are both the Declaration and U.S. Constitution to be disregarded because there were slave owners involved with drafting them?

David Shestokas is Monte Larrick’s guest on this week’s Illinois Spotlight. Shestokas is an expert on the American Founding documents, a former Cook County assistant state’s attorney, and an author of: Creating the Declaration of IndependenceConstitutional Sound Bites, and Capsulas Informativas Constitucionales, which “explains for Spanish language readers both the meaning and historical context of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.”

They discuss the value of the U.S.… Continue Reading

BONUS: HB 40 Backlash (Illinois Family Spotlight #062)

As most of you know, HB 40 was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner last week. Pro-life voters are deeply disturbed by the governor’s change of heart.

Joining Monte Larrick to talk about this ominous legislation is State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard), an Illinois House GOP floor leader and a pro-life leader in his own right.  Rep. Breen has been one of the most outspoken Republicans against HB 40.

Discussed in this bonus podcast: the implications of the bill, what we can do to mitigate its effects, the governors inability to outmaneuver House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), and the question many Illinois conservatives are asking: should Governor Rauner be challenged in the March 2018 Primary Election?… Continue Reading

“What Makes You Think Tax Reform Can Get Done?” (Spotlight #061)

The Reverend C.L. Bryant, is a Senior Fellow at Freedom Works. He also is the host of the syndicated radio show, the C.L. Bryant show on Red State Talk Radio.

He will discuss national tax cuts, and their effect on the “Rockefellers” and “Smiths”, with Monte Larrick. Also, the “non-existent” black conservative, the many problems in Illinois, and the current racial situation in America.

“Turning Illinois Around” (Illinois Family Spotlight #060)

This episode is the second and final podcast of David Smith’s conversation about GOP precinct committeeman with Jan Klaas, an IFA board member and former chair of the Winnebego County Republican Party, and Jim Edwards the chairman of the Illinois Leadership Project.

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BONUS: “40 Days For Life” (Illinois Family Spotlight #059)

Joining the discussion is Shawn Carney, the President of 40 Days For Life. Shawn began as a volunteer in the pro-life movement while still in college. During this time he helped to lead the first-ever local 40 Days for Life campaign. After graduating from college, Shawn was asked to serve as the Executive Director of the Coalition for Life, a local pro-life organization in Texas made up of more than 60 churches. From its beginning, Shawn has been instrumental in growing 40 Days for Life nationally and then internationally.… Continue Reading

Christian Conservatives Needed to Rescue Illinois (Illinois Family Spotlight #058)

In this, the first of two podcasts aimed at encouraging more Christian conservatives to run for Precinct Committeeman, IFA’s Dave Smith, northern Illinois activist Jan Klaas, and the Illinois Leadership Project’s chairman Jim Edwards lay out the facts concerning this critical post.

Please listen to it, share it with like-minded friends, and consider running for and/or helping to recruit candidates for GOP Precinct Committeeman.

Read more about becoming a precinct committeeman HERE.

Watch a video recording of this podcast HERE.… Continue Reading

“Transgenders in the Military, Hate Groups, and HB 1785” (Illinois Family Spotlight #057)

Monte’s guest for this week’s podcast is Peter LaBarbera, the founder and president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

They will discuss the radical transgender agenda, as mentioned in the title, and the hate group, the SPLC.

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If Your School is Co-Ed, What To Do? (Spotlight #056)

In the Spotlight this week is Vicki Wilson, a co-founder of School District 211 Parents for Privacy. Mrs. Wilson joins Monte Larrick to discuss transgenders in public schools, from keeping your privacy, to addressing curriculum used in school. They also talk about good conservatives running for local school board, and losing, this election cycle, as well as school choice.

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Higgins Responds to A Couple of Concerns by Readers (Spotlight #055)

Dave Smith is joined by Laurie Higgins, the cultural affairs writer for the Illinois Family Institute.

They discuss Mrs. Higgins’ satirical and sassy style of writing, which to some people is not biblical. Laurie makes a persuasive case for her style of writing directed at some of the most wicked ideas and promoters of those ideas in our culture. They also discuss different issues some people have with Laurie’s writing. In the second half, they discuss the surging transgender movement.… Continue Reading

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