School District U-46’s Policy Allowing Gender-Dsyphoric Boys to Use Girls Locker Room Challenged

March 7, 2017 in Latest News by David Smith

If you live in School District U-46, please pay special attention.

Written by John Biver

U-46 School Board Member Jeanette Ward is providing the kind of leadership that we need to see a lot more of in Illinois. And on April 4th, there’s an opportunity to support two other like-minded candidates running to join Jeanette on the U-46 school board: Cody Holt and Enoch Essendrop.

Cody Holt and Enoch Essendrop have the endorsement of Illinois Family Action.

With Jeanette’s permission, we are posting a video of the 2/27/2017 school board meeting and her statement to the board.

Here is Jeanette Ward:

From 1:07:37 to 1:26:35, view last night’s U-46 BOE member exchange that resulted from the attached statement I made regarding locker room and bathroom access by members of the opposite sex in U-46. I was accused of “trying to perpetuate discrimination,” to which I responded, “if you are going to make the argument that it’s discriminatory [to separate locker rooms and bathrooms according to sex], then any person of any sex should be able to access any bathroom at will, arguing that ‘you can’t discriminate against me.’”

Also, according to one board member, those who came out to speak against this practice last year “do not have a vested interest in this district.” Is that what you believe, parents and citizens of U-46? Elections are on April 4 and the positions of all board members, four of whom support access of private spaces by members of the opposite sex, and two of that group who are seeking reelection, were made very clear last night.

My statement on Transgender Bathroom/Locker room issue in U-46:

On Wednesday February 22, President Trump’s administration revoked Obama’s unconstitutional “Dear Colleague” directive to public schools upon which U-46 partially relied when they changed restroom and locker room practices last September. The controversial change in practice, of which I informed the public, permits gender-dysphoric students to access restrooms and locker rooms of opposite-sex students.

Note well that the attempt to use Title IX to justify the practice of allowing gender-dysphoric students access to the private spaces of opposite-sex students ignored the fact that Title IX specifically states that schools are permitted to maintain separate restrooms and locker rooms for boys and girls. A three-judge 4th Circuit Court panel has upheld that interpretation of Title IX.

What is ironic in this controversy is that Mr. Sanders said if students were not comfortable sharing restrooms or locker rooms with opposite-sex students, the school would allow them to use single-occupancy staff restrooms (but only after they express their concerns to the principal). So, if a gender-dysphoric boy is not comfortable sharing private spaces with peers of his same-sex, he may access opposite-sex facilities, but if girls are not comfortable sharing private spaces with a boy, they must use single-occupancy staff restrooms.

Why should a gender-dysphoric boy, for example, be allowed to use restrooms and locker rooms only with persons who share his “gender identity,” while the rest of students are not allowed to use restrooms and locker rooms only with persons who share their sex?

Since Obama’s unconstitutional “Dear Colleague” letter can no longer be used to justify allowing de facto co-ed restrooms and locker rooms, I would like to see us craft a policy that protects the privacy and safety of all students. Specifically I would like to see gender-dysphoric students’ privacy and safety protected by allowing them to use private, single-occupancy staff bathrooms with fully locking doors. I would like to see the privacy and safety of the rest of the student body protected by allowing them to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their biological sex. It should NEVER occur (as it did last September) that a student is permitted access to restrooms and locker rooms of opposite-sex students, and such information is withheld from the parents of the other students.

Policies and practices that allow gender-dysphoric students to access the private spaces of opposite-sex students teach all students the lie that objective, immutable sex has no intrinsic meaning, particularly with regard to modesty and privacy. And such policies and practices teach all students the lie that inclusivity and compassion require them to give up their privacy.

On the ballot will be candidates for municipal, township, park district, school board and other local governing bodies. Conservatives must show up and vote to support candidates like Cody Holt and Enoch Essendrop. Early voting for the April 4th Consolidated Election has already begun in some counties. Contact your county election authority for details.


Learn More:

Click HERE to connect to your local election authority for ballot information, early voting options and polling place locations.

If you live in Elementary School District 15 and/or High School District 211, click HERE.

If you live in Elementary School District U-46, click HERE.

For much more information on the bathroom/locker room issue, click HERE.


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New!! Announcing the IFA Online Voter Guide!

September 20, 2016 in Latest News by David Smith

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Written by David E. Smith

Illinois Family Action is excited to announce the best voting resource for the upcoming General Election — the IFA Voter Guide — now available now at ILVoterGuide.com.  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!

Take a few moments to check it out today!  It is a simple two step process.  Click on the IFA Voter Guide link and then enter your name and address to see the candidates on your ballot!

This is what it will look like:

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 You can access the Voter Guide at ILVoterGuide.com

Mark your calendar — Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day! With several federal, statewide and state legislature races races on the ballot, it is crucial that you get out and vote your values.

How can you help others vote their values on November 8th in Illinois?

  • Share this link with friends and family.
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Time to Get Serious

January 15, 2014 in Latest News by Richard Hartian

Time to Get Serious

Written by David E. Smith

Do you know where you will be on Tuesday, November 4, 2014?

Hopefully amid the hustle and bustle of your otherwise normal and busy day you are planning to vote in the Illinois general election.

I don’t have to tell you how important the 2014 mid-term election is. It’s critical to our future that you take part in the political process and vote for those candidates that will uphold the basic principles that our state and nation were founded upon — those candidates who will fight for faith, family, and freedom.

For several years I have hoped that Christian conservatives would understand something vitally important, and I will reiterate and emphasis it here:

We don’t have a legislative or public policy problem in Illinois, we have a political problem.  If we don’t solve the political problem, we are only spinning our wheels and should not expect to realize any real or meaningful change.

Illinois has had a marriage amendment introduced every legislative session since 2003.  Year after year it has failed to be assigned to a committee for a hearing.  And year after year the same powers that refuse to allow it to be heard are placed back into power. Remember what happened to the Choose Life License plate effort and the Abortion Clinic Regulations Act? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Illinois is in desperate need of a Library Internet Filtering bill. Since 1998 many of us worked to push one through. In the years our bill passed the Illinois House, it was killed in the Senate.  In the years it passed in the Illinois Senate, it was killed in the House.

If the powers-that-be don’t want a piece of legislation to move – it ain’t movin. And make no mistake – liberal special interest groups, including the pro-abortion forces at NARAL and Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and of course the LGBTQ lobby, have invested heavily in the powers-that-be.

Until we get serious about the political problem, we will continue to be relegated to playing defense.

That is why it is important that we refocus our efforts on the political front and have launched a political action committee — IFA-PAC.  We will also continue to do limited election work through Illinois Family Action, our 501(c)4 — that is until the IRS mandates new rules to render us moot.

Would you please consider making a donation to this newly formed PAC so we can help  the right men and women get elected to critical positions in Springfield?

We know what happens when those who do not support natural marriage, life at all stages, and do not care about religious freedom get elected to office. They pass laws that prevent millions of Americans to live in a way that is consistent with their faith.

Activist judges are striking down citizen approved marriage amendments and blocking pro-life laws intended to protect women and children from the harms of the abortion industry.

And far too many members of the Illinois General Assembly are willing to spend taxpayer resources we simply do not have, which is digging us further into debt and creating a depressing economic culture of  higher taxes and unemployment.  To suggest that our state political leaders have been irresponsible and bad stewards of hard-earned taxpayer resources is the understatement of the year.

–> Would you please consider donating $25 to our new IFA-PAC?

Click HERE to make a donation to IFA-PAC to support our efforts to directly help fund pro-family candidates.

Your donation will greatly help to support leading conservative candidates for office.  These candidates will work to loosen the grip of government from the lives of the people of Illinois. These candidates will also return fiscal responsibility to our state government.

Every gift, regardless of size, means we can continue to fight on your behalf.

Now is not the time to give up. The message of life is winning and more Americans now identify as pro-life than ever before. States are passing pro-life laws at unprecedented rates, abortion clinics are closing left and right, and we are closer now to ending abortion than we’ve been since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

We can continue to make gains but only if you will work with us and support our efforts.

We are comprised of many people from different backgrounds spread across this great state who may never meet one another. But we hold certain values in common that allow us to work together to achieve a common goal. The Illinois Family Institute, working through our 501c4 and this new PAC is proud to work with so many wonderful people across Illinois – like you! We ask that each of you consider how you can partner with us and support our efforts to defend your values and rights.

We appreciate any size donation and look forward to continuing to be your voice in the public square.

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