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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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“Being Watchmen on the Wall” (Illinois Family Spotlight #018)

Monte Larrick and David Smith speak to Pat McManus, an old ally from the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall ministry to discuss how churches and religious leaders can and should impact social issues and the political square.

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O Little Town of Springfield (Illinois Family Spotlight #017)

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With the Christmas season upon us, thousands of families are showcasing nativities on their front lawns. But what about such religious displays on public property during the Christmas season? In the first part of today’s show, Monte Larrick interviews Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society to discuss their nativity display in the Illinois capitol building this month. Afterword, Monte and David Smith discuss the importance of protecting the free exercise of religion. Merry Christmas from Illinois Family Action!

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Debrief: 2016 Election, Part 2 (Illinois Family Spotlight #016)

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Monte Larrick, David Smith, John Biver, and Ralph Rivera reconvene to continue discussing the recent general election.  In this episode, they review the four now-red House seats, the future of life and bathroom legislation, and how voters can influence an election beyond the ballot box.

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Debrief: 2016 Election (Illinois Family Spotlight #015)

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Illinois Family Spotlight recaps the recent election, discussing how pro-family issues may be effected with our newly elected leaders.  Will our new president actually be pro-life?  Can Roe v. Wade be overturned?  Is the Illinois legislature growing more conservative?  Monte, Dave, John Biver, and Ralph Rivera (Illinois Citizens for Life) answer these questions and more.

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No Offseason (Illinois Family Spotlight #014)

Turning from the November election, Monte Larrick, Dave Smith, and John Biver look ahead to the upcoming consolidated election, as deadlines for running for local elected positions draw near.  The three discuss the need for good local candidates, how to get start getting involved, and what to expect working from these positions.  Read more HERE.

Deadlines:

  • Consolidated elections are in February
  • Petitions may be circulated now
  • Filing process begins November 21, 2016
  • Petitions must be filed within eight days.

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Just Say No… to Speaker Madigan (Illinois Family Spotlight #013)

il_family-spotlight_125x125A number of candidates for state representative have signed a pledge declaring they will not vote for Michael Madigan as Speaker of the House.  In the first part of the show, Rep. Tom Morrison and guests state why voting against Madigan is so important for the future of Illinois.  Afterword, John Biver (special projects coordinator at Illinois Family action) joins Monte and Dave to discuss Madigan, the pledge, and why fiscal reform is so desperately needed.

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Keeping up with the Crawfords (Illinois Family Spotlight #012)

il_family-spotlight_125x125Drs. Hiram and Jaronda Crawford visited Illinois Family Action earlier this week and were kind enough to join Dave and Monte on a special episode of Illinois Family Spotlight.  The Crawfords discuss the upcoming election and their recent efforts to promote pro-life policies and values in Chicago.

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Debunking and Defunding (Illinois Family Spotlight #011)

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 Karen Hayes and Donna Melody of the 40 Days for Life campaign join Dave and Monte to discuss truths and myths about Planned Parenthood.  Later, the four discuss ways we can get involved to counter abortion, from our prayer bench to the voting booth.

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Campaigning for Life (Illinois Family Spotlight #010)

il_family-spotlight_125x125A two-part podcast about developments in the pro-life movement. First, Monte Larrick interviews David Daleiden, the creator of the widely circulated videos uncovering Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the illegal selling of baby body parts, to discuss the impact of his work and his current legal status against Planned Parenthood. Afterward, Karen Hayes and Donna Melody of the 40 Days for Life campaign join the show to discuss ways Christians can make an impact on abortion culture.

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“Marijuana Myths” (Illinois Family Spotlight #009)

il_family-spotlight_125x125Ed Ronkowski rejoins Monte Larrick and David Smith to shed some light on pressing questions about marijuana and its legal status. On today’s show: whether marijuana crowds prisons, if marijuana is “not that bad,” whether medicinal marijuana is an acceptable medical option, and how Illinois is currently facing the marijuana question.

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