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Jeffrey C. Miller - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Jeffrey Miller spent ten years working in the Illinois Department of Public Aid, including from 1978 to 1983 as its director during the Governor Jim Thompson administration. In 1983 he moved to the governor's executive staff, where he headed a new planning office. In 1987, Miller became Governor Thompson's chief of staff, a position he held until the end of the Thompson administration in January, 1991. Miller talks at length about welfare reform efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, and offers insights into Thompson's style of leadership.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

An unusual upbringing as the son of a diplomat

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Miller’s early career in Illinois state government

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Running the Department of Public Aid

Interview session 04 (Audio)

Moving from Public Aid to Governor Thompson’s executive staff

Interview Session 05 (Audio)

Key policy issues during Miller’s tenure as chief of staff

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