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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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“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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“Post-Election Mortem Part 2” (Illinois Family Spotlight #121)

This second podcast on the 2018 midterms drills deeper into what happened in Illinois and what is on the horizon.

Richard Hartian joins David Smith and Monte Larrick for an informative, intellectual conversation on the state of Illinois and what’s next.

Take action! Please call your state lawmakers and ask them to oppose SB 3249, the LGBT indoctrination bill.

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“Post-Election Mortem Part 1” (Illinois Family Spotlight #120)

Illinois Family Action’s Chairman of the Board Rich Hartian joins the show to discuss last week’s midterm election with David Smith and Monte Larrick.

Nationally, they discuss why it was so vital for the GOP to keep the U. S. Senate, the Kavanaugh effect, what republicans could have done better, and why certain republican U. S. Representatives won or lost their re-election bids.

They also converse on the Illinois election results: including the statewide turnout, conservative republican losses, the uphill battle facing principled conservatives in the Illinois General Assembly, and they touch on potential anti-family proposals coming from Springfield in the coming session.… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: The Corruption of the GOP

In a recent appearance on The Journal Editorial Report, Republican economist Arthur Laffer (of “Laffer Curve” fame) unintentionally revealed the rot at the core of the GOP. In an astonishing statement, he waxed exultant at the prospects of Democrat Jared Polis winning the gubernatorial race in Colorado. Laffer is thrilled because Polis has the right economic plan. For those who don’t know, Polis is openly homosexual, “married” to a man, and supports every lousy pro-homosexual legislation that a sexual anarchist can conceive.… Continue Reading

PODCAST: Pinocchio Rauner’s Staffer Tells Conservatives to Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter the GOP

A former staffer for Pinocchio Rauner wasted no time telling conservatives to abandon all hope. In a commentary appearing in Friday’s Chicago Tribune, Patrick Wohl tried to scare the Illinois GOP away from ANY rightward movement. Scaremonger Wohl ominously warned, “The Illinois GOP needs unity, not a race to the right.” That’s code language for “Abandon the social issues, you idiot rightwing lunatics!”

How about this for a revision: “The Illinois GOP needs unity on the entire GOP platform, not abandonment of the parts of it ignorant RINOs and Libertarians don’t like.”

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“Embracing Lawlessness” (Illinois Family Spotlight #119)

In this week’s Spotlight is a veteran, a former adjunct Professor of Corporate Finance, sought after conference speaker, as well as conservative political commentator. Kathy Barnette served her country proudly for 10 years in the Armed Forces Reserves, where she was accepted into Officer Candidacy School.  Her corporate career includes working with two major Wall Street firms and in corporate America.  Kathy sat on the Board of a pregnancy crisis center for 5 years.

Mrs. Barnette joins Monte Larrick and David Smith to discuss homeschooling; the Blexit movement, a mass exodus of black people from the Democrat party; the Left’s new talking point that conservative white men are the enemy of the people; illegal immigration and abolishing ICE.… Continue Reading

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