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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.


BONUS: Neither Jew nor Greek — Neither Black nor White

Because racial tension continues to run high in our nation, it’s imperative that we take a few moments to address it.

Despite all the negativity dominating the headlines, the Internet, and airwaves, we must be mindful of the Biblical truths and principles that override sinful prejudices, biases, and emotions.

Serious Christians must rise above the chaos, anger, and anxiety. We must refuse to respond in kind. Satan wants to frustrate and distract us. He wants us to take our eyes off the ultimate prize of our calling.… Continue Reading

The Aftermath of Abortion (Spotlight #054)

Monte Larrick recently interviewed Vicki Thorn the keynote speaker at the Lake County Right to Life banquet. Vicki founded Project Rachel in 1984, a ministry of the Catholic Church to post-abortive women. Read more here. Ms. Thorn is also the Executive Director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing.

They discuss the healing process of post-abortive women, Project Rachel, some of the road-blocks to the healing of post-abortive women, the impact of abortion on men, post-abortive women in the church, and are churches doing enough to help post-abortive men and women.… Continue Reading

“Repeal and Replace Common Core” (Spotlight #053)

Lennie Jarratt is the Project Manager of the Center for Transforming Education for the Heartland Institute. He joins Monte Larrick and David Smith, to discuss everything Common Core, from math, to President Trump’s stance on Common Core, and the new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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“The Victims of Choice” (Illinois Family Spotlight #052)

At a recent event called the Face the Truth Tour, where pro-baby activists and volunteers converge on a busy intersection displaying signs depicting aborted human beings, Monte Larrick interviewed Eric Scheidler, the Executive Director of the Pro Life Action League. They discuss why the Pro Life Action League does this tour, HB 40, and the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade/Doe v. Bolton with an additional pro-life justice on the Supreme Court. While overturning Roe v.… Continue Reading

“A Taxing Discussion” (Spotlight#051)

John Biver, the Special Projects Manager for the Illinois Family Institutejoins Monte Larrick and David Smith to talk about the recent tax increase coming from Springfield.

The second half of the show, due to technical difficulties, had to be redone without Monte. However, Dave and John discuss statements made on the IPM (Illinois Public Media) podcast known as the 21st by Illinois state representative from the 110th district Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) and former governor Jim Edgar (R-Illinois).… Continue Reading

BONUS: Ensnared or Resolute?

This is a special edition of Illinois Family Spotlight. Last week, Dave Smith gave the Sunday morning message about the importance of continuing in the faith, being aware of godless worldviews and deceptions, and focusing our eyes on Jesus.  The text is from Hebrews 12:1-2. We thought we’d post it here for your listening edification.

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Illinois Legislative Spring Session 2017 (Spotlight #050)

On this fiftieth edition of Illinois Family Spotlight, IFI’s and Illinois Right to Life Action’s lobbyist, Ralph Rivera, gives an update on Pro-Family legislation in Springfield.

In teh first half, Monte, Dave, and Ralph discuss HB 40, a bill which removes the ban on taxpayer funded abortions. In the second half, they discuss everything from pro-life victories in Illinois, to transgender birth certificates (HB 1785), and recreational marijuana.

HB 40 and HB 1785 are headed to the governor’s desk.… Continue Reading

PODCAST: Rauner’s New Staffer Denounced by Leftists

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has been engaged in a massive team make-over that includes firings and resignations in protest of his hiring of some sorely needed conservatives. Yet RINOs and radical Leftists are now engaging in a witch-hunt against an unapologetic pro-life communications specialist recently added to the Rauner administration.

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This special podcast is an IFA feature article written and read aloud by Laurie Higgins.

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“They’re as Good at Math as They are at Biology” (Spotlight #049)

Monte and Dave talk with Ralph Rivera and John Biver about HB 1785, which is a gender birth certificate bill which allows a person to legally change the gender on their birth certificate.

Ralph and John make a persuasive case that this bill will have tremendous implications on religious liberty in the state of Illinois

Ralph Rivera is a lobbyist for the Illinois Family Institute, and John Biver is Special Projects Coordinator for IFI.

Please call the governors office at (217) 782-0244 and ask him to veto HB 1785.… Continue Reading

“Five Minutes of Courage” (Spotlight #048)

Jo McGuire joins us today. She serves on the board of directors for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association and co-chairs the Marijuana Education Committee. Jo is also a DATIA Certified Professional Collector and Trainer (CPCT) and a Certified Designated Employee Representative Trainer (CDERT) who consults and trains professionals who oversee the compliance of federal guidelines for drug and alcohol screening programs. McGuire also assists educators with classroom and assembly-style presentations aimed at youth drug prevention and parent education.… Continue Reading

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