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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gary MacDougal  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1936 in Chicago, Il

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Illinois Connection

Gary MacDougal lives in Chicago, Il.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gary MacDougal completed four years as Chairman of the Governor's Task Force for Human Services Reform in Illinois and is the former CEO of a Fortune 1000 corporation. He has served in Washington as Senior Advisor in the 1988 Bush Presidential Campaign and was Trustee of the Casey Foundation, a $1.3 billion foundation for children at risk.

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Titles At Your Library

Make a Difference: How One Man Helped Solve America's Poverty Problem
ISBN: 0312252234

Truman Talley Books. 2000

The man who helped Illinois restructure its failed welfare system shares how he was able to change the system to put money in the most efficient and useful hands. Original.

Make a Difference: A Spectacular Breakthrough in the Fight Against Poverty
ISBN: 031234726X

St. Martin's Griffin. 2005

We now know the answers to helping long time welfare recipients become self-sufficient, and how to pry loose the dead hand of human service bureaucracies.

"I enjoy coming to work and learning different things...I really like my kids to know I work...This should have happened 10 years ago...I believe many of my friends wouldn't do no drugs if they had a chance for a real job." - Rebecca, a woman from Chicago's notorious housing projects, high school dropout and former welfare recipient now working at UPS.

The problems with welfare systems is not a lack of funds, but rather failure to connect the funds to families and communities in a way that makes a difference in people's lives. Through involvement with welfare recipients, community leaders, caseworkers and others, author Gary MacDougal and Illinois Governor Jim Edgar led the state government in its biggest reorganization since 1900, creating a model for the rest of the nation.

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