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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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Defund Planned Parenthood! (Illinois Family Spotlight #028)

Chris Iverson returns to talk to Monte and Dave about pending pro-life legislation in Springfield, the effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Washington DC and the campaign to raise funds for pro-life billboards.

Take ACTION! Call your U.S. Representative in Washington D.C. and ask him/her to support H.R. 7 and to defund Planned Parenthood! The capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

Call your Illinois State Representative in Springfield and ask him/her to oppose HB 40. No taxpayer funding for abortion!  While you are at it, please ask your lawmaker to support these pro-life bills: HB 282, HB 283, & HB 467. The Springfield switchboard number is (217) 782-2000.

If you would like to help us with our pro-life billboard campaign, please call IFI at (708) 781-9328.

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“The Grand Bargain?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #027)

State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) joins Monte and Dave to discuss Illinois’ fiscal irresponsibility and the Illinois Senate’s proposal to raise income taxes on working families in Illinois. Representative Ives also talks about HB 443 and the need to give parents in failing schools educational choices. Call your state representative and tell them to support HB 443! (217) 782-2000

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“Abortion Takes Human Life” (Illinois Family Spotlight #026)

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il_family-spotlight_125x125Pro-life activist Chris Iverson joins Monte and Dave to discuss his campaigns. Chris leads groups of volunteers in projects that display a simple message for thousands upon thousands of people: abortion takes human life.  The three discuss Chris’ experience in his banner campaigns, his strategy behind the sign, and his long-term goal of buying billboard space.

Want to help us raise funds for a billboard campaign? Call the IFI office at (708) 781-9328 or click HERE to make an online donation.

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Pro-Life Politics (Illinois Family Spotlight #025)

Joinind Monte Larrick and Dave Smith this week is Babette Holder, co-founder of The last Civil Right, a group of Christian-Conservative women who are Political Commentators and advocates of the principles of limited government, individual freedom, and a strong free market. Additionally, Babette is part of the Frederick Douglass Foundation Illinois, a group of black Illinoisans that celebrate conservative heritage, and she is also an elected precinct committeewoman in DuPage County.

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“Trump is President. Now What?'” (Illinois Family Spotlight #024)

il_family-spotlight_125x125The Donald became President Trump on Friday. Monte and Dave speak with Pastor John Kirkwood, an active Republican and a steady critic of Donald Trump, to discuss what a victorious Trump Administration means for evangelicals, Republicans, conservatives, and the next generation.  Pastor Kirkwood also discusses why Bernie Sanders succeeded among millennials and what that means for future political bouts.

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“Truth, Love, and Unity” (Illinois Family Spotlight #023)

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In this special edition of Illinois Family Spotlight, Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute and John Mauck of the Mauck & Baker law firm in Chicago discuss the relationship between the Christian church and the LGBT community. The two discuss the apparent tension between truth and unity within the church, the importance of loving those embracing same-sex attraction and gender confusion, and what loving them looks like.

This conversation originally aired on the “Lawyers for Jesus” program on AM 1160.

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“The Next Generation” (Illinois Family Spotlight #022)

il_family-spotlight_125x125IFI junior fellows Andrew Willis and John Kristof rejoin the show to continue the conversation about conservatism, Christianity, and millennials, discussing how conservatives can reach out to young Americans both in the home and in the public square.

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“The Pro-Life Wish List” (Illinois Family Spotlight #021)

il_family-spotlight_125x125Pro-lifers control the House of Representatives. Pro-lifers control the Senate. This month, the Presidency will be taken by a man who promises to support the pro-life movement. What will pro-lifers do with this growth in influence? Jill Stanek of the Susan B. Anthony List joins the show to discuss short term and long term plans for advancing pro-life legislation.

We’d love to hear from you! Email us at feedback@ifiaction.org.

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“Kids These Days…” (Illinois Family Spotlight #020)

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Monte and Dave are joined by Andrew Willis and John Kristof, Junior Fellows at the Illinois Family Institute. The two take their experiences at secular and Christian universities to express what it means to be a young Christian conservative today, and they discuss how millennials interact with politics and society.

We’d love to hear from you! Email us at feedback@ifiaction.org

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“Next Steps for the Pro-Life” (Illinois Family Spotlight #019)

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Jill Stanek, the National Campaign Chair for the Susan B. Anthony List, joins the show to discuss the state of affairs of the pro-life movement.  Topics include Governor John Kasich’s recent decisions on abortion legislation and what victories are within the pro-life movement’s reach within the next election cycle.

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