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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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“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.

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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.

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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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“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!… Continue Reading

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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