Are You Ready to Vote?

IFA_Voter Guide online

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), this weekend 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.… 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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New!! Announcing the IFA Online Voter Guide!

IFA_Voter Guide online

Written by David E. Smith

Illinois Family Action is excited to announce the best voting resource for the Illinois General Election — the IFA Voter Guide — now available now at  This free online voter guide is an evaluation of candidates and includes a detailed summary of important information that will help inform you on where the candidates stand on important issues like religious liberty, natural marriage, and the sanctity of life.

We researched candidates based on a number of criterion and then rated them on a seven point scale from Very Liberal to Very Conservative.  The IFA Voter Guide also provides critical background information such as endorsements, donations to and from the candidate(s), candidate statements on the issues, and information from other sources. This great resource is now available for your review!… Continue Reading

“Dysfunctional” Democrats May Keep House Supermajority


Written by Russ Stewart

Michael Madigan is a political genius, a durable Democratic leader, a successful and wealthy lawyer, and a horrendously dysfunctional speaker of the Illinois House.

Mayor Richard J. Daley once babbled some nonsense that “Good government is good politics.” He should have known better, as he spent a decade in Springfield, where the operative philosophy is “good politics may be good government, but if it’s not, so what?” Grasping, clutching and holding power is endemic.

Specimen A is Madigan, Springfield’s Machiavelli, who has been the speaker for 30 of the past 32 years. Madigan has a 71-47 super majority which he desperately wants to keep. A three-fifths vote is needed to override a governor’s veto and to pass bills in overtime sessions. If the Democrats lose a net of just one seat in November, the super majority is gone.… Continue Reading

Obama Blasts the Media for Feeding “Cynicism”


Written by Don Irvine

President Barack Obama, who has seen his relationship with the press grow more adversarial as his administration has become engulfed in scandals and cover-ups, lashed out at the media for spreading cynicism.

Obama was speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York City on Tuesday when he made his comments on the press:

Too much is at stake. The issues I’m fighting for, the issues that I will continue to fight for even after I leave this office, those issues are at stake. And we’ve got to be willing to fight for them. We’ve got to feel a sense of urgency about this at a time when, frankly, the press and Washington, all it does is feed cynicism.

Obama then presented the audience with his cherry-picked numbers on health care and the economy as examples of good news that are rarely reported, before taking another shot at the media.… Continue Reading

November Election Result will be “UPS Moment”


Written by Russ Stewart

The Nov. 4 election, for Democratic politicians in Chicago, will be a “UPS moment.” Which committeemen among the 50 Chicago wards will deliver, and will their delivery be decisive and intimidating?

With Chicago politicians already heavily focused on the Feb. 24, 2015, municipal election, and those with statewide ambitions intensely pondering the state landscape for 2016 and 2018, the 2014 vote will, to use that old expression, “separate the men from the boys.”

Many decisions will be made, or unmade, based on which candidates run best and which committeemen produce the most votes.

First, the governor’s race is of critical importance to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and his daughter, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. A tactical determination of great import looms: As Lisa Madigan aspires to run for governor in 2018, is it more advantageous for her prospects to have Republican Bruce Rauner or a Democrat Pat Quinn as governor for the next 4 years?… Continue Reading

Conservative Organizations Say “NO” to Candidates Who Say “NO” to Family Values

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Republican candidates who support abortion and same-sex marriage won’t be getting any love from pro-family groups in the upcoming election. CitizenLink, Family Research Council Action and the National Organization for Marriage have teamed up to urge voters not to support U.S. House candidates Carl DeMaio in California and Richard Tisei in Massachusetts as well as U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby in Oregon.

“The undersigned organizations… will mount a concerted effort to urge voters to refuse to cast ballots for them in the November election,” the groups wrote in a letter to Republican leaders. “While we acknowledge that a national party must accommodate varying points of view on matters of prudence, we also believe a party must stand for certain core principles that it expects its candidates to defend.”

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council Action, said the party needs to stay true to its principles and platform.… Continue Reading

Unpublished Letters Reveal Close Hillary-Alinsky Link



Written by Chad Groening

An author and political activist says the Democratic Party is clearly controlled by far left-wing radicals who want to create a one-party state.

Recently The Washington Free Beacon obtained some unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and 1960s-era left-wing radical Saul Alinsky. The letters revealed a close relationship between Clinton and Alinsky, who wrote Rules for Radicals, a controversial guide to the ends-justifies-means approach to power and wealth redistribution through community activism.

David Horowitz is a former member of the communist party who has now become a conservative and is the founder and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

“The aim of Democrats is to create a one-party state,” he says. “These are totalitarians. They think they know what’s good for everybody and they’re going to force you to follow their plan – and their means are deceptive.… Continue Reading

Loch Ness Socialism

By Bill Whittle

The Loch Ness Monster is a “cryptid” — something rumored to exist but without actual proof. The Socialist Utopia of the progressives is a cryptid too. In his latest Firewall, Bill Whittle shows why Good Socialism, like the Loch Ness Monster, is a giant, air-breathing creature that (conveniently!) NEVER COMES UP FOR AIR.

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