4/13/2021

Instructor for Paralegal Courses, Fall and Spring 2021

Instructor for Paralegal Courses, Fall and Spring 2021

Illinois Central College is looking for Paralegals or Lawyers to serve as Adjunct Faculty, teaching Paralegal Courses in the Fall and Spring of 2021. The courses anticipated to be available will be taught either Online Anytime or in Online Scheduled mode. Online Anytime mode requires students and instructors to interact asynchronously 3-6 hours per week to complete course expectations and objectives.  Online Scheduled mode requires a student and instructor to interact to complete course expectations and objectives both asynchronously and through a live, remote, required class meeting, one evening per week between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 


The instructor is expected to: 

  1. Instruct and coordinate a course including all necessary materials.

  2. Follow syllabi for assigned courses communicating the expectations and schedule for the classwork.

  3. Maintain office hours and availability outside of class.

  4. Communicate with students working to ensure student success.

  5. Collaborate with Faculty and Staff to continuously improve and adapt the student experience to meet the needs of the student, community, and institution.

  6. Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies, Legal Studies, Juris Doctorate; OR Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies or Legal Studies with 6,000 hours experience as a paralegal.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience instructing, tutoring, or similarly teaching in Paralegal or Legal Studies.


for further information contract Tom Higgins thiggins@icc.edu or Peggy Crane peggy.crane@icc.edu

4/08/2021

Police Officer, East Peoria, Illinois

CITY OF EAST PEORIA

BOARD OF FIRE AND POLICE COMMISSIONERS

PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR THE POSITION OF POLICE OFFICER

FOR THE CITY OF EAST PEORIA, ILLINOIS

APPLICATIONS AND ALL RELEASE FORMS FOR EMPLOYMENT MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED, WITH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, TO THE EAST PEORIA FIRE & POLICE COMMISSION AT P.0. BOX # 8010, EAST PEORIA, ILLINOIS 61611 AND POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE APRIL 23, 2021. APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT EAST PEORIA CITY HALL, 401 WEST WASHINGTON ST AND ONLINE AT WWW.CITYOFEASTPEORIA.COM STARTING ON MARCH 29, 2021. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

APPLICANTS MUST:

1. Attend mandatory orientation.

2. Having attained the minimum age of 21 years at the date of orientation.

3. Be under the age of 35 unless otherwise exempt by statute.

4. Citizen of the United States.

5. High school graduate or G.E.D.

6. Ability to pass each phase of the Police Officer examination process.

7. Valid driver's license.

8. All applicants are subject to the rules and regulations of the Board of Fire & Police Commission.

THE FOLLOWING FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED WITl: YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION:

1. Authorization for Release of Information.

2. Acknowledgement/Consent for Background and Credit History.

3. Authorization to Take Specimen for Drug Screening Release.

4. Release of All Liability.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE PROVIDED WITH YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION:

1. A color copy of the applicant's driver's license or photo I.D.

2. A copy of the applicant's birth certificate.

3. A copy of the applicant's high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.

FAILURE TO PROVIDE ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION WITH YOUR APPLICATION WILL RESULT IN THE REJECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION.

MANDATORY ORIENTATION AND WRITTEN EXAM WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10:00

A.M. SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021 AT THE FESTIVAL BUILDING, 2200 EAST WASHINGTON ST, EAST PEORIA, IL 61611. DRIVER'S LICENSE OR PHOTO I.D. REQUIRED. DOORS WILL BE SECURED AT 5:00 P.M.

3/26/2021

Paralegal/Administrative Assistant, Office of the General Counsel, Peoria, IL

Paralegal/Administrative Assistant, Office of the General Counsel

Opportunity Type:

Full-time

Department:

Legal

Location:

Peoria, IL

Company Overview:

Petersen Health Care (PHC) is one of the largest nursing home operators in the State of Illinois. Our homes are located in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. We are a privately held company that was founded in 1974. Our company provides nursing and rehabilitative care for residents on both a short and long-term basis. We also operate 7 hotels and a sports complex all located within central Illinois. PHC’s corporate office is located in Peoria, IL.

Compensation:

Based on experience. Compensation package is comprised of benefits including health insurance, 401k and leave time.

Description:

The Petersen Health Care Office of the General Counsel provides professional legal services, advice and counsel in support of the company and its mission. The General Counsel acts as the chief legal officer of PHC and is responsible for the administrative oversight and leadership of the corporate office. The Office of the General Counsel is seeking a Paralegal/Administrative Assistant to provide outstanding clerical, organizational and general office assistance for the Legal Department. This position provides executive level administrative, technical and operational support in the management of legal affairs. The diverse duties of the Paralegal/Administrative Assistant are performed independently in an environment requiring the use of good judgment, initiative, discretion and confidentiality. The Paralegal/Administrative Assistant will interact with the Owner and the administrative team and must present the highest level of professionalism and integrity at all times.

Responsibilities and Duties:

· Assist in legal administrative tasks

· Prepare corporate resolutions and manager certificates

· Submit Annual Reports for corporate entities

· Track licensing and other credentials for nursing homes

· Provide General Counsel with assistance in the preparation for and closing of various corporate transactions in particular HUD closings

· Complete, prepare and review contracts, leases, and other documents as needed

· Prepare and file guardianship paperwork and set hearing dates

· Perform collection process for outstanding accounts

· Maintain master lists regarding facilities and corporations/LLCs

· Scheduling meetings and answering calls

· Perform other duties as assigned

· Reports to General Counsel

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The successful candidate is able to demonstrate the following: the highest degree of integrity; the ability to effectively communicate in a professional diplomatic, empathetic and tactful manner using the preferred method and level applicable to the job; the ability to plan, schedule and organize tasks to achieve goals within or ahead of established time frames; the ability to be flexible and supportive, react swiftly to and be able to positively and proactively assimilate change in a rapid growth environment; be able to personally provide high-level interactive services to others, address identified needs and respond accordingly. Mastery of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook required. Experience with Adobe Pro a plus.

Application Process: All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent and Resume to jobs@thepetersencompanies.com A criminal background check will be conducted.

3/25/2021

Enroll in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement courses.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT and 911 STUDENTSNew Students Seeking to Enroll in one of our programs should (1) submit an application to Illinois Central College. Applications may be completed online at http://www.icc.edu. (2) have your high school submit a transcript directly to Illinois Central College Admissions/Records Office. (3) take the COMPASS Academic Placement Test prior to enrollment. Call (309) 694-5234 for appointment times and reservation (4) after being notified of acceptance to Illinois Central College and completing your Placement Test, students should contact Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Doug Heuermann by e-mail at: douglas.heuermann@icc.edu to get registered for classes.

CURRENT CRIMINAL JUSTICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT and 911 STUDENTS:
Current students should complete the Degree Audit through E-Services and save that document as a pdf file and then contact Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Doug Heuermann by e-mail at: douglas.heuermann@icc.edu to get registered for classes.

Chicago Paralegal Position

Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC, a Chicago business litigation law firm, seeks paralegal with 1-3 years of litigation experience. Paralegal certificate preferred, but not required. Must be proficient in Westlaw, Microsoft Office Applications, Adobe, Nuance Power PDF, and Relativity. Excellent written and verbal communication skills required to interact well with attorneys, staff, clients, and counsel.

 

Responsibilities include:

 

•             Prepare and review documents, exhibits and records.

•             Review and analyze document productions.

•             Contact outside sources to obtain public information.

•             Review files for outstanding discovery in preparation for court appearances, pleadings, depositions and trial preparation.

•             Prepare and organize subpoenas and discovery responses.

•             Summarize deposition transcripts.

•             Organize and prepare material needed for expert witness review.

•             Organize and manage case files.

•             Trial preparation.

 

Salary commensurate with experience. Please submit your resume to lkowalewski@cmn-law.com.

3/22/2021

Full-time Paralegal, Peoria, IL

Full-time paralegal needed. Good typing skills and an ability to work with others is required. Submit resume to Floyd Dailey at daileylawcenter@mtco.com.

Job - Prairie State Legal Services, Bloomington

Prairie State Legal Services

Job Opportunity Announcement

LEGAL SECRETARY

Bloomington, IL

The Organization

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 11 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. We focus services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. Prairie State is the only legal aid organization in the majority of our service area. Annually, we handle over 22,000 applications for legal help and serve over 16,000 clients. We pride ourselves on providing high quality legal services to our clients while fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. More information is available on our website at www.pslegal.org

Job Description

This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week). The Secretary will participate in a full range of office duties in a fast-paced environment including, but not limited to:

· Daily typing, photocopying, filing, and other office and reception tasks

· Greeting clients and answering the phone

· Conducting initial interviews with applicants

· Entering client information and data into case management software

· Serving as the recording secretary for the office’s weekly case assignment meeting

· Serving as the primary intake portal at off-site help desks and clinics

· Generating case reports as needed

· Drafting legal pleadings and supporting the attorneys in their legal work

· Assisting with medical and other records requests

· Assisting with grant management, including follow-up contact with clients

· Periodically assisting with outreach and off-site intakes

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, dependable, and self-motivated. Applicants should have:

· Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals

· Strong computer skills

· General office experience, legal experience preferred

· Spanish language proficiency is preferred

Salary and Benefits

Salary starts at $29,250, higher depending on experience. Excellent comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, retirement, training and education, and generous leave time.

Application Details

Please indicate “Legal Secretary-Bloomington” in the subject line and e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: · Human Resources Director Jessica Hodierne at jkhodierne@pslegal.org

· Program Administrator Connie Peterson at cpeterson@pslegal.org

Resumes accepted until position is filled

3/08/2021

Peoria County Sheriff's Office is Hiring with a 10K sign on bonus for Certified Officers

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is NOW HIRING! The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for qualified candidates to join our Patrol Division! $10,000 SIGN ON BONUS FOR CERTIFIED OFFICERS!*

Peoria County Sheriff's Deputies Receive the Following:
▸ Take Home Vehicle
▸ Pension Plan and Full Benefits
▸ 11 Paid Holidays Per Year
▸ Tuition Reimbursement
▸ Fitness Reimbursement
▸ Multiple Opportunities for Advancement

For more information and to download the application, go to: https://www.peoriacounty.org/468/Commissioned-Employment

3/04/2021

American Bar Association extends Approval status for the Illinois Central College Paralegal Programs

Illinois Central College has had a Paralegal program since 1989.  We currently have two programs, an Associate in Applied Science program and a Post Degree Certificate program for students who have already earned a college degree.  These programs have produced and placed graduates in positions working with lawyers in law offices, government agencies, and corporations throughout our region and the United States.   

Chances are that anyone receiving legal services from a lawyer in our region is also being served by an ICC Paralegal graduate.  

The program first earned American Bar Association approval status in 1992 and we have maintained this status through 6 cycles of a very in-depth program review process since 1992.  

The American Bar Association site team visited our campus over two days in February of 2020.  In their exit interview, the site team reported to Dr. Quirk-Bailey and Mr Budde that they would be recommending the program be reapproved and they noted how impressed they were with our curriculum, our facilities, our students, our advisory board, and our faculty.  

COVID-19 delayed the next two steps of the ABA approval process, a review by the Standing Committee on Paralegals and a vote of approval by the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.  The House of Delegates voted to extend our American Bar Association approval status this past month.  

The Illinois Central College Paralegal Programs will retain full-approval status through 2026.

2/01/2021

Jobs from the Peoria County Bar Association for February

Office Manager

Office manager for law firm with 20 employees.  Office management experience required and preference for bachelor’s degree in business/accounting.  Approximately 25 hours per week with flexible schedule.  Very competitive pay range depending upon experience.  Benefits include paid time off and 401K.  Excellent working environment.  Contact Michael Marincic at mmarincic@goldfineandbowles.com.


Paralegal

Full-time Paralegal position available immediately with busy, fast paced law firm in downtown Peoria specializing in civil litigation. Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  Candidate must also have strong grammatical skills, communication skills and must be computer and technology proficient.  Candidate will be expected to organize and summarize medical records, communicate with clients, counsel and insurance adjusters and prepare written correspondence, pleadings and discovery.  Salary commensurate with experience. If interested, send resumes to jstieghorst@cassidymueller.com.


Full-Time Paralegal Position Family/Criminal Experienced Paralegal Preferred, New Graduates from ICC Welcome to Apply

Responsibilities Include: Correspond with clients and opposing counsel; Legal research and drafting of a wide range of legal documents; Completing written discovery, researching and drafting motions; Preparing for depositions, and assisting with trial preparation.

The candidate will be an integral and respected component of the practice. Emphasis on client service, professionalism, innovation, and ethical standards. This is a fast-paced, matrimonial law firm with some criminal (state and federal) and personal injury litigation. The right candidate will be able to work mostly independently. Once hired, candidates will be required to attend seminars and training during the year to keep up with their legal education. Candidates hired will need to be able to communicate clearly and professionally with all types of individuals, including attorneys, court reporters, clients, witnesses, other firms’ staff, and other individuals outside of the firm.

Firm Programs: Our firm uses Clio Professional management software program Experience with this program is not required but is beneficial. We use Westlaw for research purposes, Office365, and Adobe Pro. Our firm utilizes Apple products on a day to day basis.

Please email resumes, with two writing examples, to shandra@watsonlawpeoria.com.


Legal Secretary
The Peoria office of Prairie State Legal Services has a job opening for a legal secretary. For more information, click here.

Pro Bono Coordinator
The Peoria office of Prairie State Legal Services has a job opening for a pro bono coordinator. For more information, click here

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Elias Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C. is looking to hire a full time paralegal/legal assistant in the corporation/business/transaction area.  Excellent organizational and computer skills are required.   Apply in confidence to the following:

 

John S. Elias | Elias, Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C.

416 Main Street, Suite 1400, Peoria, Illinois 61602

Telephone: (309) 672-6361 (direct)

Facsimile: (309) 637-8514

email: jelias@emrslaw.com


Legal Assistant
The U.S. Attorney's Office has an opening for a legal assistant. For more information and how to apply, click the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/574774300

1/22/2021

Family Law Paralegal, Peoria, IL



Wanted: Experienced Paralegal in the Family Law area for Peoria, IL office. Starting part-time with the possibility of full-time. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Please contact Jay Edmonds Law Office at 309-674-3900 or jay@jayedmondslaw.com

1/15/2021

Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Bill - Deep Inhale through your Nose, Strong Exhale through your Mouth and Let’s take a Deeper Look

 

Podcast version of these comments

Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Bill - Deep Inhale through your Nose, Strong Exhale through your Mouth and Let’s take a Deeper Look -Tom Higgins

One of our kids' free dives. He can go 90 or so feet on one breath. I am not going to dive quite that deep into this bill, but I need to address a few of the areas of this bill that impact and concern my students, graduates, and our community.

Qualified Immunity

One of the most controversial provisions of the bill was an attempt to end qualified immunity for police officers. There has been a lot of misinformation about what actually passed and what the expectations of the bill if signed into law as written will be. Hopefully, we don’t lose good and qualified police officers due to this misinformation. But for my graduates, my friends, my students, deep inhales through your nose and strong exhales through your mouth for 5 breaths. Don’t turn in your retirement or resignation paperwork or look for a different career path just yet.

As background, qualified immunity protects government officials from liability for civil damages insofar as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights that a reasonable person should have been aware of. The doctrine attempts to balance two important interests—the need to hold public officials accountable when they exercise power irresponsibly and the need to shield officials from harassment, distraction, and liability when they perform their duties reasonably.

The final version of the bill does not gut Qualified Immunity. It creates a yearlong Task Force on Constitutional Rights and Remedies. I hope this 18 member task force includes people who understand Constitutional rights and the law that governs the use of force, police procedures, and the realities of teaching and training the same, consistently and on an ongoing basis. And yes, I am available if you need me. But the primary charge of this task force is to investigate and develop procedures to protect constitutional rights and remedies should those rights be violated. The task force will look at qualified immunity among other things.

A report with policy recommendations must be submitted to the governor’s office and the General Assembly by May, with the task force being dissolved by the legislation at the start of the new year.

Like every aspect of this bill, my concerns center on 4 words. Planning, support, coordination, and funding. Most police agencies are underfunded, especially when it comes to on-going, quality training. In this area, training must be consistent, ongoing, facilitated, and supported. And the reality is that a well planned, supported, coordinated, and funded approach to the next topic likely eliminates the major concerns with qualified immunity.

Use of Force

According to the bill, the General Assembly intends to establish statewide use-of-force standards by 2022 while making changes to what is acceptable and unacceptable uses of force in Illinois statute.

The bill provides that the use of force is permissible only when an officer has determined it is necessary to defend either themselves or others from bodily harm when making an arrest. When a suspect is attempting to escape, officers would not be permitted to use deadly force to stop them, unless that person cannot be apprehended at a later date and is likely to harm others.

The law prohibits certain uses of force. Choke holds and restraints above the shoulders that can restrict breathing are banned unless explicitly used as deadly force. It also prohibits using force as a punishment or in retaliation when it is not authorized; using non-lethal projectiles like tasers and rubber bullets on someone’s head, groin area, or back; firing rubber or any type of round into a crowd; using tear gas and pepper spray without first allowing a crowd to disperse after being warned.

Before officers can use deadly force, they must make a reasonable effort to identify themselves as law enforcement and warn that they are about to use deadly force. Law enforcement can no longer use deadly force against someone for committing a property crime unless that crime is tied to terrorism or to another crime or action where deadly force is permitted.

Officers are also restricted from using deadly force against a person who poses a danger to themselves but does not pose an imminent threat to the officer or another person.

The police reform provisions also add two new duties to the Illinois statutes that officers must follow. The first requires law enforcement to give immediate medical assistance to an injured person, regardless of whether they were injured by the officer’s use of force. The second is the duty to intervene when another officer uses excessive force and to file a report of that incident within 5 days.

On the day the Laquon McDonald video was released I was with a group of friends. We got together to see a buddy who was in town and to celebrate the retirement of one of our other friends. Most of the individuals attending were or had been in law enforcement. Many of these individuals began their career with a service revolver.

The Laquon McDonald video became a topic more than a few times that evening. It was viewed and discussed with disbelief. Some of the criticism of the Chicago Police Department at that time centered on a lack of available tasers. Most of the individuals in this group began their careers long before tasers.

The consensus of these seasoned veterans was that, from their training and experience, the response would have been to surround the obviously under the influence 17-year-old at the opportune moment, someone would risk being stabbed as they attempted to tackle and disarm the young man. With all respect to the valid criticism of hindsight, not one person in that group, by their training, department policies, or own common sense would have fired their weapon.

I teach the law of the use of force to a diverse group of young men and young women who struggle with their desire to enter this career, to serve their community in something they have a passion for and the reality of what they saw happen to Laquon McDonald or any of the other incidents of concern that led to this legislation. I care about and try to support my students and graduates as if they were my own kids. I saw the pain and confusion in their eyes. I witnessed people who would have been great public servants choose another career path because of the obvious problems, questionable and just plain unnecessary and horrific incidents that should have never happened.

I don’t have a problem with the spirit and intent of this part of the bill. But I do have reservations centered on 4 words. Planning, support, coordination, and funding. Most police agencies are underfunded, especially when it comes to on-going, quality training. And in this area especially, training must be consistent, ongoing, facilitated, and supported.

Cash Bail

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, all bail bonds and conditions of bail will be replaced by a system of pretrial release to be developed by the Illinois courts based on a detainee’s alleged crime, their risk of not appearing for their court date, and the threat or danger they may pose to the community if released.

Twice in my life, I have participated in audits and reviews of years worth of criminal cases. I won’t bore you with the details of those studies but I will tell you that there is no doubt in my mind and there is no valid argument that I am aware of that would dispute the fact that the ability to pay bail, fines and court costs impacts some people more than others. If we can agree that the focus on the criminal side of our justice system is to prevent future crime, to see people face a penalty for their actions but encouraged to reform or change their behavior in the future, cash bail, court fines, and court costs create a burden for poor people that often puts them in a hole they just can’t get out of.

I just saw a news account of a man I know who did something incredibly stupid and criminal. He had the means to post bail. He will have the means to pay any fines, court costs, and fees in his case. Whatever his other sentence requirements will be, he will have hurdles to overcome, and depending on how he approaches his circumstances, he will get over those hurdles. But he will be on level ground and able to approach and have a good opportunity to get over those hurdles.

At the same time, my guess is that there are several individuals sitting in the county jail with similar charges. Individuals who made stupid decisions that resulted in criminal activity but don’t have the ability to post bail. If they had a job at the time they were arrested, they’ve likely lost that employment. They will face their sentence and whatever that punishment may be and that sentence will include a fine, court costs, and fees in amounts the individual will not be able to pay. Those unpaid fines, costs, and fees may, as they often do, lead to a subsequent arrest. These individuals also have hurdles to overcome, but unlike the individual who has the means or support system to pay bail, fines, and costs, they can’t take their hurdles on from the level ground. These individuals face the impossible task of getting over their hurdles from inside a hole.

I believe this is the focus of this provision but here are some realities I see with the implementation of this expectation by 2023. First, the courts, sheriffs, and jails in many areas of the state are not set up to provide what this law would require. I won’t go into the details of my concerns here at the top of the list would be supporting Judges and the Sheriff. Some rural circuits may have one Judge covering multiple counties and many Sheriff’s offices have outdated and unsupported communication systems and little chance of running “Zoom” hearings. 4 words. Planning, support, coordination, and funding.

Police Certification

A police certification provision backed by the attorney general’s office was also added to the bill. It would give the state more power over who can be a member of law enforcement and makes it attempt to streamline the process to decertify and terminate the employment of problematic officers.

Before this legislation, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board could decertify an officer only if they were convicted of a felony or a limited set of misdemeanors such as offering a bribe, prostitution, or criminal sexual abuse.

The bill would grant ILETSB greater discretion to decertify officers based on whether a Certification Review Board determines they violated conduct guidelines.

An officer could be decertified if it is determined they committed a felony or a disqualifying misdemeanor, even if they were never convicted or charged. Other actions that could result in an officer being decertified include using excessive force; failing to intervene when another officer uses excessive force; tampering with dashboard cameras, body cameras, or evidence; and committing perjury or engaging in “unprofessional conduct” such as deceiving or harming the public.

Under a new statute of Law Enforcement Compliance Verification, all officers must verify their certification with ILETSB every three years to prove they’ve completed all mandatory training and have not engaged in misconduct worthy of decertification.

No law enforcement agency could hire a person who is not ILETSB certified.

The certification also overhauls transparency and communication in the criminal justice system, creating three databases maintained by ILETSB relating to officers.

The first database, which will be private, will have every law enforcement officer’s certification status, instances of misconduct, and current or past status of employment in law enforcement agencies. The database will be available to the Illinois State Police, governmental agencies, law enforcement agencies, state’s attorneys, and the attorney general. All law enforcement agencies would be required to use and check this database when hiring an officer.

Two other public databases would also be maintained by ILETSB, one that contains all officers, their agency, certification status, and any misconduct that led to decertification; and one that contains all completed investigations of law enforcement misconduct, with the identifying information of the officers involved redacted.

On this one, at least for me, no problems or issues so long as we remember my 4 words of concern. Planning, support, coordination, and funding. In this case, I have faith in the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. They will plan, support, and coordinate but will the legislature provide sufficient support?

And the final part of this broad stroke with a big brush bill that I will mention is Body Cameras.

Body Cameras

We have been on the path to Body Cameras for some time now. Under this bill, the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act would be amended so that all law enforcement agencies must eventually use body cameras.

The largest agencies must have body cameras in place by 2022, while all agencies, no matter how small, must have body cameras implemented by 2025.

Originally, this provision was touted as the “defund the police” portion of the bill due to a non-compliance penalty that reduced how much state funding municipalities received for each year law enforcement agencies under their control violated the mandate.

Now, compliance is rewarded and the penalty has been removed, with ILETSB giving preference in grant funding to agencies following the mandate.

My view and advice has always been that body cams protect the officer as much as the public. Like dash cams, it is the best evidence available of what occurred. When the law is enforced reasonably and properly, these cameras provide the best evidence available. And when it isn’t, these cameras provide the best evidence available.

For all interests and perspectives, body cameras are a good thing. From my conversations, police officers and police agencies aren’t opposed to body cameras. The issue with body cameras is and has always been that it was an unfunded mandate on already strapped and struggling local bodies of government.

So again, the theme for concerns on this one and the entire bill comes down to 4 words.

Planning, Support, Coordination, and Funding.

Deep Breaths, Stay Tuned but please don’t quit, don’t choose another career path just yet, and trust the law you took an oath to uphold will land somewhere reasonable and hopefully planned, supported, coordinated, and funded.

1/11/2021

Full-time Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Peru, Illinois

Job Description: Full-time legal assistant/paralegal needed for a long-established law firm focusing on real estate and estate matters. Searching for a highly motivated team-oriented candidate. The successful candidate will be organized, detailed oriented, possess excellent writing and numeric skills, the ability to multitask and maintain confidentiality. 

Job Location: Peru, Illinois 

Salary Range: to be determined based on experience and qualifications. 

Requirements: 
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Clerical and administrative tasks.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office is required, along with good time management. 
  • Take dictation and transcribe correspondences into final form 
  • Accurately prepare legal documents, various contracts, organize and maintain files. 
  • Organize and prepare real estate transactions.
  • Tracking and preparing closing checklist and title searches.
Contact info: send cover letter and resume via email to vmunson@duncanandbrandt.com

1/05/2021

Police Officer, Moline, Illinois

City of Moline, IL Police Officer Recruitment 

www.moline.il.us 

Application Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021, at 5:00 PM 

Salary and Benefits: Starting Pay: $58,092/year 

  • Excellent Health Benefits and Pension 
  • Uniform Allowance: $700/year 
  • Firearms Proficiency Pay: Up to $360/year 
  • Physical Fitness Incentive: $200/year 
  • Shift Differential: $0.45/hour for 2nd shift and $0.55/hour for 3rd shift Training: 
  • 14-week police academy with full pay, benefits, and housing provided 
  • In-house training after completion of the police academy 

Probationary Period: 12 months for those already certified as Illinois law enforcement officers and 18 months for all others 

Age and Residency: 21-34 years of age to apply (see exceptions in the packet) 

Must live within a 20-mile radius of 1630 8th Avenue in Moline within 2 years of hire (includes Illinois and Iowa) 

Additional requirements contained further in this packet

12/28/2020

Full-time Work Comp Legal Assistant Position, Champaign, IL

LEGAL ASSISTANT  – Champaign law firm - Thomas Mamer LLP seeks a Legal Assistant for its Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice.  

Prefer a minimum of three years’ experience with worker’s compensation. 

Experience with transcription, Microsoft Word & Outlook is also preferred, with an emphasis using Sharepoint. 

Excellent benefits, salary negotiable. 

Send resume, cover letter & references to Linda Little at Thomas Mamer LLP, P.O. Box 560, Champaign, IL 61824-0560 or email to: lkl@thomasmamer.com