Illinois Family Institute’s Voter Guide

Today is Election Day, and it is imperative that voters have information available to help them make educated decisions as they cast their votes for the different candidates running for public office.

To download the IFI Voter Guide, you will need Adobe Acrobat and will need to know in which legislative districts you live.  (Look up your legislative districts HERE or call IFA at 708-781-9371.)  District numbers will be found after his/her name.

The full version of the IFI 2010 Primary Election Voter Guide is available for download HERE.

Click HERE
for the full version.

A Personal Note from Dave Smith Regarding Cook County Races

Dear Pro-Family Neighbors in Cook County,

Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2010. This is your opportunity to vote on whether Washington and Springfield are heading in the right direction.

I would like to make some recommendations to you for your consideration on November 2nd:

Federal Offices:

–    U.S. Congress: Ray Wardingly (1st CD) and Isaac Hayes (2nd CD)

–    U.S. Senate: Mike Labno (He is 100 percent pro-life with no exception.  He is opposed to the homosexual agenda, but has indicated he’d vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. As a Libertarian, he doesn’t believe the government should have anything to do with marriage.)

State Offices:

–    Illinois Governor: Bill Brady – and – Illinois Lieutenant Governor: Jason Plummer

–    Attorney General: Steve Kim

–    State Senate:  Brian Doherty (10th)

–    State Representative:  Dr. Barbara Bellar (35th), Rich Grabowski (36th), and Jeffrey Junkas (37th)

Cook County Offices:

–    Cook County Board President: Roger Keats

–    Cook County Board of Review: Dan Patlak

–    Cook County Sheriff: Frederick Collins

–    Cook County Board:  Carl Segvich (11th District)

Illinois Supreme Court:

IL Supreme Court Justices Thomas Fitzgerald and Charles Freeman are from Illinois’ 1st District, which includes all of Cook County.  I highly recommend that you vote NO on retaining IL Supreme Court Justices Fitzgerald and Freeman.   Both voted against the immediate transference of the Parental Notification case from the Appellate Court to the Supreme Court to expedite the hearing. (The ACLU and Planned Parenthood challenged the law.)  As a result, the case is not expected to be heard for a year or more in the Appellate Court and under-age girls can still obtain abortions in Illinois without their parents’ knowledge.

To be retained, judicial candidates need to secure 60 percent of the vote.  If they fail to get the needed 60 percent, there will be an open election for that particular seat.

Other Judicial Seats:

We will vote for many other judges, and judges are adifficult group to evaluate. We found a couple of legal groups who rate judicial candidates. One is the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. The other is an alliance of liberal law groups. If they did not recommend a candidate, I recommend voting in favor of that person.

I recommend that you vote YES for: Sandra Ramos, Dorothy Jones (Yes to retain) and Susan Jeanine McDunn (Yes to retain).

I recommend that you vote NO for retention of:  Joseph Gordon, Donald J O’Brien, Jennifer Duncan Brice, Thomas Davy, Timothy C. Evans, Carol Kelly, Paul Biebel, Thomas P. Fecarotta, John Patrick Kirby0, Kathleen Pantle, Paula Daleo, Michelle Jordan, Mary Lane Mikva.

Ballot Initiative

Finally, the November 2nd election includes a ballot initiative to amend the Illinois Constitution to include the possibility for a recall election of any Illinois Governor.  Please vote “NO.”

This amendment is a sham.  It would require citizens to collect about 550,000 signatures from voters in 150 days (15% of the number of votes in the last governor election).  But before a single signature can be gathered, an affidavit signed by at least 20 State Representatives (10 Republicans, 10 Democrats) and at least 10 State Senators (5 Republicans, 5 Democrats) would need to be filed with the Secretary of State.  Gathering over a half a million signatures is extremely difficult and expensive.   In short, this recall amendment is useless.

Thanks for your consideration.  I am


David E. Smith, IFA Executive Director

Click HERE to download this as a PDF.

Click HERE to see the Illinois Family Institute Voter Guide to learn more about the candidates and their positions.

Click HERE to make a donation to IFA. Donations to IFA are not tax-deductible.

Election Watch: Endorsement Lists for

You can make a difference in the November 2nd election by voting for candidates who share your values!

Cut through the political spin by using the IFI Voter Guide to get straightforward information, and then use the Illinois Family Action Election Watch supplemental to learn even more.

Want to know what groups have endorse which candidates? Then you will want to check out these resources:

  • State Rep. Endorsement Lists

  • State Senate Endorsement Lists

  • Statewide Endorsement Lists

  • Congressional Endorsement Lists

  • U.S. Senate Endorsement Lists
  • Together, we can make a difference in electing men and women who share our values and who will make policy based on those values when elected. Please share these resources with your friends and family and don’t forget to vote on Tuesday November 2 — or earlier as Early Voting is taking place now from Oct. 18-29.

    Find Early Voting locations in your area HERE.

    IFA Guide to Judicial Candidates

    We know how difficult it is to cast your votes for judges. Chances are you have not even heard of these candidates for the bench. There is just not enough information to help voters cast an intelligent vote.

    Illinois Family Action has complied some important information on judges to help you carry out your duty as a citizen. We are happy to provide the following 2010 Election Watch for Judicial candidates.

    Please click HERE for a downloadable version of this guide to judicial candidates. (Learn more about the Illinois Judicial branch at

    Please take special note of the various groups that have rated these judges — some are decidedly anti-family and pro-abortion.

    Every vote will count in this tight election — and every legislative, executive and judicial position matters. Please forward this important information to your family members and friends. Help make the difference in the public policies we will live under for years to come. The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

    PLEASE forward this information to your family and friends.


    David E. Smith
    Executive Director
    Illinois Family Action

    Click HERE to make a donation to IFA. Donations to IFA are not tax-deductible.

    IFA Recommended Candidates

    The following candidates came very close to receiving IFA’s full endorsement but did not receive that endorsement because of one or two policy positions and/or votes.  Instead, IFA would like to recommend these candidates for your prayerful consideration:

    State Senate Candidates by District:

    10     Brian G. Doherty

    28     John Millner

    34     Dave Syverson

    43     Cedra Crenshaw

    49     William “Sam: McCann

    55     Dale Righter

    58     David Luechtefeld

    State House Candidates by District:

    35     Dr. Barbara Bellar

    37     Jeffrey L. Junkas

    47     Patricia R. Bellock

    48     Michael G. Connelly

    59     Dan Sugrue

    64     Michael Tryon

    74     Donald Moffitt

    75     Sue Rezin

    85     Maripat Oliver

    94     Rich Meyers

    96     Darlene Senger

    101   Adam Brown

    106   Keith P. Sommer

    107   John Cavaletto

    108   David B. Reis

    110   Chapin Rose

    115   Mike Bost

    U.S. Senate:

    Mike Labno

    U.S. Congressional Candidates by District:

    10     Robert Dold

    11     Adam Kinzinger

    18    Aaron Schock

    Modified by Matthew