Are You Ready to Vote?

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Written by David E. Smith

If you’ve had your absentee ballot lying on the kitchen table for the past couple of days, or plan to vote early (between October 20-November 2), now is a great time to sit down and review your options.

You can find out what the candidates’ positions are on issues that matter to you and your family by visiting It’s Illinois’ most detailed voter guide! Knowing what the candidates you vote for believe is critical, especially in the Illinois General Assembly, where only one or two votes can decide if anti-family policies get passed into law.  And make no mistake, one or two votes are what advances or stops legislation of moral concern — especially on important issues related to life and religious liberty.

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Simply log in, enter your address, and the IFA Voter Guide will direct you to only those races on your ballot!

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Why I.D. for Travel or Guns, But Not for Voting?


Written by Michael Medved

If it’s somehow racist and discriminatory to require identification as a condition for voting, then how is it any less discriminatory to impose similar conditions for air travel, mortgages, receiving or cashing government checks, or purchasing guns?

Voting is a crucial right—but so is the ability to purchase property or to keep and bear arms. The Democratic claim that black people don’t have equal access to identification is obviously false: black voting participation in crucial states actually went up after new rules requiring ID as a condition of voting.

The Democratic attacks on the GOP for “voter suppression” are merely another example of perpetuating a narrative of victimization, in order to keep black voters frightened and dependent. Obviously, the best way to move those without identification into the mainstream of politics and the economy is to provide them with ID, not to pretend that they can function just as well without it.… Continue Reading

Conservative Revolution


Written by Laurie Higgins

The once appealing adjective “moderate” has become perverted by pundits and politicians. It has been twisted into an unrecognizable rhetorical weapon that in reality connotes extremism.

“Moderate” politicians are those who don’t see the product of conception between two humans as human, or alternatively, they believe incipient life is undeserving of constitutional protection. How is that moderate?

“Moderate” politicians are those who don’t believe that marriage has an inherent nature central to which is sexual differentiation, or who don’t believe the legal definition of marriage matters. How is that moderate?

“Moderate” politicians believe that religious liberty will remain unmolested even if same-sex unions are legally recognized as “marriages,” or they don’t care if religious liberty is undermined. How is that moderate?

“Moderate” politicians believe either mothers or fathers are dispensable and that they’re interchangeable.… Continue Reading

Illegal Voters May Decide Fate of U.S. Senate


Written by Phyllis Schlafly

Control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs on November 4, and illegal voters may tip the balance. Estimates are that more than 14 percent of non-citizens were registered to vote in the elections of 2008 and 2010, and that could now easily exceed the margin of victory in many tight Senate races.

Democrats typically win more than 80 percent of the votes cast by non-citizens, so votes cast by non-citizens produce a net bonanza of additional votes for Democrats. Democrat Al Franken won a Republican U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota by a margin of only 312 votes in 2008, and with the immense power of incumbency he is expected to cruise to reelection this time.

New non-partisan research by professors at Old Dominion University uncovered the shocking amount of voting by non-citizens, as published by the Washington Post last Friday.… Continue Reading

“War on Women” Flops with Both Genders


Written by Michael Medved

New polling shows that the “War on Women” theme with which Democrats hope to rally their female base seems to be flopping across the country.

In the crucial U.S. Senate race in Arkansas, women voters give GOP Senate challenger Tom Cotton a solid edge, joining their husbands and brothers and sons in rejecting the Obama agenda. In Colorado, where U.S. Senator Mark Udall has emphasized women’s issues so heavily that some reporters call him “Mark Uterus,” males and females give an identical and decisive edge to his Republican opponent, Corey Gardner.

Most females are too smart to buy a narrative that suggests that the men who share their lives actually want to make war against them. Democrats never even try to explain how Republican males could possibly gain by warring against women whose success and happiness are inseparable from our own.… Continue Reading

A Lesbian Mayor’s Lavender Fatwa on Pastors

Mayor Parker

Written by John Kirkwood

The Western world reacts in horror when some Third World Imam puts out a fatwa on a cartoonist or an author for merely challenging a point of Islam. We ask the “moderate” Muslim, why have you swallowed your tongue? Why aren’t you decrying this barbarism?

But when a lesbian mayor tries to enforce lavender Sharia against a group of Houston pastors for the crime of being Christian, where is the cry from the “homosexual community”? Pastors in Houston organize to stop a city ordinance that allows men to go into women’s bathrooms which was prompted by the LGBTQ agenda of Houston’s lesbian Mayor, Annisse Parker, then she subpoena’s the pastors’ sermons, emails, and all communication that they may have shared regarding the ordinance or even of the mayor herself.… Continue Reading

Minimum Wage Hike Punishes the Deserving – And the Needy

Job searchers

Written by Michael Medved

Democrats campaign on the slogan “America needs a raise!” but their bid to hike the minimum wage would hurt the chances of income growth for the middle class.

Nearly 80 percent of all workers already get more than $10.10 an hour, so a government mandated boost for those earning less, would do nothing for the great majority of workers. With business required to increase payments to new-hires and part-timers—the majority of minimum wagers—it means less money for salary boosts for more experienced, productive workers. Government mandates to lift minimum the minimum wage focus on employees who are the least deserving of higher pay, ignoring those who’ve toiled for years.

They also hurt the neediest people in the economy: the chronically unemployed. A worker who can’t find a job at $7.25 will have an even harder time getting work when every job must pay at least $10.10.… Continue Reading

Left Tries to Blame Ebola Crisis on Republicans


Written by Roger Aronoff

A new ad put out by the left-wing Advocacy Project seeks to link Republican budget cuts with the spread of the Ebola virus, a shameful fear tactic that could take hold among a populace rightfully concerned about this epidemic. While media organizations such as Time Magazine and Real Clear Politics have reported on the existence of the video, all they did was cite the ad, not challenge the veracity of its information. In doing so, they’re acting as vehicles for spreading its misinformation.

The Heritage Foundation’s news website, The Daily Signal, reported that “Erica Payne, the founder and president of The Agenda Project, told CNN that ‘people should be deathly afraid of Republican policies,’ and that there is ‘no question’ about the link between budget cuts and Ebola.”

The Washington Post’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler calls the arguments in this ad, and the similar strategy by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee of blaming Republicans for cuts, “absurd.” He bestows such claims with four Pinocchios.… Continue Reading

If GOP Blows Nov. Election, Its Anti-Conservative Strategy Will Be to Blame


Written by Brent Bozell

We are watching the wheels come off the most radical and dangerously incompetent administration in history. “I am not on the ballot this fall,” President Barack Obama proclaims, “but make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”

This statement should be the final nail in the coffin for the Democrats. The GOP should be poised to win a landslide of historic proportions.

So why is there so much debate over whether they’ll win — at all?

The answer is crystal clear. The Republican Party needed only to choose any one of a number of national issues and campaign on them, offering the voters a clear conservative alternative. But the tepid GOP leadership has not chosen not to do so, fearing any debate over their party’s own policies.… Continue Reading

What Should Conservatives Learn from Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Written by Laurie Higgins

Several days ago, I left a comment on the Illinois Review website following a story about a full-page open letter/ad in the Chicago Tribune promoting Bruce Rauner’s “pro-choice” position, which was signed by Mark Kirk and paid for in part by Diana Rauner. I used a metaphor to describe Rauner’s increasingly aggressive rejection of conservatives:

Rauner and his accomplices are going to double-down on conservatives, kicking them in the teeth and then grinding muddy boots into the ivory rubble left swimming in a pool of our blood. We need some mouth guards, boxing gloves, and spines.

In thinking about the criticism, I modified my words, leaving this comment:

Maybe the language I used is not appropriate to describe the actions perpetrated by the Rauners, Tom Cross, and Mark Kirk—who campaigned on his fealty to Planned Parenthood and who signed this open letter/ad—against conservatives.

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