Friday, January 20, 2017

ICC Scholarships!!!

Graduation cap and tassel atop a variety of US currency
The ICC Educational Foundation offers hundreds of scholarships for all kinds of students. One could have your name on it!
Online Applications are normally accepted from January 15 through April 1 for the following academic year.
Login and complete the online scholarship application. (opens in a new browser window)

For More Information
East Peoria Campus Administration Building L209
(309) 694-5324

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

St. Jude Running Central Run, Join Us or Donate!

If you'd like to run the Peoria Marathon route and raise money for the kids and families of St. Judge contact Professor Higgins.  If you would like to make a donation to the Kids and Families of St. Jude please go to:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Professor Higgins is on Sound Cloud

Over the years we have seen many developments, many changes, a huge evolution with technology and we’ve tried to adapt with those things while addressing two primary concerns.  First and foremost, we strive to make decisions, develop practices and design course offerings that meet the Best Interest of our students.  That doesn’t always mean that our decisions are what a student or students wish to hear but that is our primary focus.  This first consideration is dependent on our other major concern as dictated by the employers who will one day hire our students.  Those employers tell us what they would like in our graduates in knowledge, skill, character and work ethic and we develop and present courses accordingly.   And second, course content and experiences that best addressed the various concerns of those employers who would one day hire our graduates.

I taught one of the first fully online courses here at Illinois Central College.  I retool and update all courses, fully online, hybrid (partially on-line) and traditional every semester to keep up with the desires of the employers and the needs of the employers.  One consistent point raised by employers, both for Paralegal and Criminal Justice, is better inter-personal communication.  Especially listening to and processing the spoken word.  That is easy enough to do in the traditional or hybrid courses where we meet face to face at least half the time.  It’s not so easy to do in the fully online courses.  At the same time, my students have begun to mention that they’d appreciate some sort of supplement to the online courses that would help them process and understand the course material.

For those reasons, I’ve made some personal investments, made a commitment to investing additional time in the online courses and I am going to step outside my comfort zone a bit.  I have recording equipment in my home office.  I set up a Sound Cloud account.  And I am going to do my best to produce helpful audio files that I will link to my online courses any given week.  You will be able to click on the link and play the file and listen to my voice as I provide a brief summary of my thoughts on the course topic for that week.  It is essentially what you would get from me in the traditional or class time of a hybrid class minus the discussion interchange I usually seek in a face to face setting.  You will be able to play these files from any device with Internet access and you can download the file to play on any device at any time.  So I guess you can take me on a run, play it in the car or wherever you want.  My hope is that it provides you with an alternative or supplement to the text book and other text based supplements I already provide in these courses.  For this Spring semester I will debut these recordings in my Law Office Management and my Criminal Procedure and Evidence courses.  

As a test run I recorded a brief history of the ICC Paralegal programs.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Congratulations to the 2 New Officers and 7 New Cadets sworn in today at the Peoria Police Department

I was honored to be able to congratulate our graduates and students as they were sworn in today as Peoria Police Officers (2) and Cadets (7).  It was a packed house of family and friends who came to witness these individuals take this solemn oath to serve our community.

From those individuals who are currently ICC students with an opportunity to serve, be paid and have assistance with their education as Cadets to one new Officer who heard her calling to serve as a Police Officer after doing well for herself as an ICC Paralegal program graduate, it made me proud and energized towards continuing to serve our mission.

As with the 9 individuals sworn in this morning, we offer opportunities to assist those who wish to serve.  If you don't have a college degree, we can assist you with many options.  If you have a degree, regardless of what that degree is in, we have a Law Enforcement Certificate to help you gain the legal and technical knowledge necessary to be a great police candidate.

-Tom Higgins

Monday, December 12, 2016


Galesburg law firm seeking Legal Assistant/Paralegal.  Candidate must possess excellent organizational/communication skills and proactive work ethic.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office and typing speed of at least 60 wpm.  Digital transcription experience and knowledge of medical terminology preferred.  Other duties include:  typing, formatting, editing/finalizing legal documents, communicating with clients & file/calendar maintenance.  Competitive salary. Send resume to

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Ghantous Law is seeking a full time Legal Assistant/Secretary

Ghantous Law is seeking a full time Legal Assistant/Secretary. Prior litigation experience required. Must possess excellent organizational and research skills. Client relationships, planning, attention to detail, dependability and client confidentiality are important skills to possess.
Legal Assistant will:
  • Keep cases organized by establishing and organizing files; monitor calendars to meet deadlines; document actions; input information into file database and case management software; confirm case status with attorney on a daily basis.
  • Assist with the performance of administrative functions such as schedule depositions; forward summons and subpoenas; file discovery requests; generate status reports; organize evidence; prepare exhibits; schedule witnesses, prepare and file pleadings.
  • Assist with billing and collections.
  • Perform administrative duties such as answering the phones, opening and distributing mail, and filing.
  • Notary is desirable. If not possessed at time of hire, will be required as condition of continued employment.
  • Please add that we would consider part time employment as well. 
We are an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants may contact me at this email address ( or call me at (309)Lawyers.  All resumes with cover letters should be forwarded to me.

Denise McWhorter


Thursday, December 01, 2016

An Option to Prepare you for a Career as a Police Officer

Law Enforcement Certificate
A police officer works in partnership with the communities they serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and to serve their community in such a way so as to improve the quality of life for all citizens.  If you have a desire to serve your community in this way you may want to explore the Illinois Central College Law Enforcement Certificate.

The Illinois Central College Law Enforcement Certificate will prepare you for employment as a police officer by providing you with exposure to the knowledge, skills, and expectations that will help prepare you to seek a career in Law Enforcement.

The program consists of 30 Hours or 10 courses to include: Introduction to Criminal Justice; Police Operations; Juvenile Delinquency; Introduction to Investigations; Criminal Law; Administration of Justice; Court Procedures in Evidence; Police Organization and Administration.

This Certificate is ideal for individuals who are or will soon be 21 years of age.  It is especially suited for persons with prior military service, individuals who already have a college degree of any level in another course of study or individuals who may be looking to change careers and are interested in serving his or her community.   

If you would like to find out more go to:

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If you are interested in finding out more or enrolling in the American Bar Association Paralegal Programs at Illinois Central College use this link:

If you are interested in meeting with an advisor for Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement or 911-Dispatch go to: