Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Police Explorers and Cadets

Peoria Police Cadet and Illinois Central College Criminal Justice student Kelsey Terrell visited Professor Higgins during his time serving as Administrative Hearing Officer for the City of Peoria presiding over code violation cases. Kelsey is a paid Police Cadet, a position she earned after spending time as a Peoria Police Explorer.  ICC students and former Explorers Tom Keenan and Zaire Doss are also Peoria Police Cadets.  There is a plan to hire additional Cadets in the near future. If you get a chance check out the Peoria Police Explorer program at:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Police Recruit - City of Peoria



Announcing an examination cycle for placement into the City of Peoria
 November, 2016 Police Eligibility Pool.
Salary : $56,154.24 ($57,558.07 after certified training)


AGE: 21 years old by date of written examinations (10/28/16 or 10/29/16), or 20 years old, if successfully completed two (2) years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university.  Cannot have attained age 35 when the application is submitted.  (By State statute, exceptions made for individuals with prior municipal police experience.  See the Human Resources Department for additional information).
EDUCATION: Minimum: Graduation from High School or GED equivalency accepted.  Prefer candidates with Associate’s Degree or hours toward Bachelor’s Degree.
MILITARY:  A Veteran shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age provision by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty. (45 years old)
OTHER: U.S. Citizenship; valid driver’s license; physical condition to perform the essential functions of the position and pass physical agility exam; no felony conviction.
VISION-HEARING: Must meet minimum standards for vision and hearing and cannot be color-blind.  Applicants who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses must meet minimum standards of visual acuity.  Vision with corrective lenses should not be less than 20/20 in the better eye, 20/40 in the worst eye, and 20/20 with both eyes open.  Uncorrected vision should not be less than 20/200 in either eye.                                                           
RESIDENCY: Applicants need not be residents of the City to apply.  When hired, you can establish and maintain principal place of residency within a 20 mile radius of Peoria Police Department.
ORIENTATION: Voluntary Orientation sessions will be held at the Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe, Auditorium (Basement), Peoria, Illinois on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   NOT MANDATORY (Each session will have the same information.)
PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST PRACTICE SESSIONS:  Wednesday, October 26, 2016, and/or Thursday, October 27, 2016, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Peoria Civic Center, Exhibit Hall “C”, 201 SW Jefferson, Peoria, IL.  NOT MANDATORY
WRITTEN EXAMINATION: Friday, October 28, 2016, OR Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. (Must report by 8:45 a.m.), Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson, Classrooms 220-222, Peoria, Illinois. (Study guides will be sent upon submitting your completed application with the required documents.)
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: Friday, October 28, 2016, or Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Peoria Civic Center, Exhibit Hall “C”, 201 SW Jefferson, Peoria, Illinois.  Applicants will be scheduled for one of the dates following passage of the written examination.
OTHER TESTS:  Must pass written and physical ability exams for placement into the Eligibility Pool.  If selected for hire, must pass an oral interview with the Police Department and Fire and Police Commission, undergo background investigation, polygraph, psychological, and medical examination including a drug screen.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2016 or postmarked or faxed by September 30, 2016.  Application must include a copy of the applicant’s certified birth certificate, (copy of registered certificate, not hospital copy with footprints), copy of driver’s license, and a copy of high school diploma or high school transcript or GED certificate (Even if you have a college degree).  

Command Center Operator

Office Location

Central Illinois

Peoria, IL
United States
Desired Education
High School / GED
Desired Experience

0-3 Years
Previous experience in a similar role in one or more of the following industries desired: 
electronic, fire alarm & life safety, building automation, and/or healthcare.


Must observe and report emergency and non-emergency events.

Responsible for monitoring security and fire alarm systems.

Dispatch appropriate personnel and notify the appropriate level of management.

Day to day responsibilities include:

Reporting and dispatching; meet and coordinate with all appropriate parties regarding 
emergency and non-emergency situations. Manage CCTV to monitor all areas of the 
property inside and outside; monitor badge activities; by granting access to certain 
levels within the building and outside. Monitor the emergency information communications 
system for the facility.


Must be a results driven individual.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Acts as our Customers best service provider at all times.

Ability to pass any State and Federal licensing requirements.

Experience in one or more of the following industries preferred: electronic, 
 fire alarm & life safety, building automation, and/or healthcare.

Microsoft Office experience desired.

Ability to identify and respond to security risks in a timely manner

Convergint Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to workforce diversity.
 Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants will receive 
consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national
 origin. We offer a smoke-free and drug-free workplace.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation and pre-employment 
drug screen.
All applications and resumes are held in confidence. 
Only candidates whose profiles closely match requirements will be contacted for an interview.

Convergint Technologies is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future 
require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Convergint Technologies 
offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment

                       To apply visit:

ICC Public Services Students, Consider applying to the Peoria City/County Citizens Leadership Academy

The Peoria City/County Citizens Leadership Academy is designed to expose citizens to the realities and challenges impacting local government. By doing so, the program will create a network of citizens who possess a commitment to improving their community and who demonstrate the necessary skills to emerge as community leaders.

This would be a great opportunity for a student interested in a Public Services career, with exposure to all of the workings, departments and department heads for Public Service careers.

The Citizens Leadership Academy:

  •  Is FREE to all participants
  •  Consists of a series of educational sessions
  •  Features many aspects of local government
  •  Is taught by elected and appointed officials
  •  Provides tours of government facilities
  •  Is open to residents of Peoria County (this includes the City of Peoria)

The Schedule of Classes and Events follows:
September 14 Introduction
6:00 - 8:00pm County Overview

September 21 City Overview
6:00 - 8:00pm Tour of City Hall
City Hall

September 28 Health & Welfare
6:00 - 8:00pm Tour of Heddington Oaks
Heddington Oaks Public Safety Presentation

October 5 Fire & Rescue
6:00 - 8:00pm Tour & Demonstrations
Central Station

October 12 Public Safety
6:00 - 8:00pm Dinner & Tour of County Jail
Sheriff’s Office

October 19 Infrastructure
6:00 - 8:00pm Tour of Public Works facility
Public Works

October 26 Coroner’s Office
6:00 - 8:00pm Tour of Morgue
Coroner’s Office

November 2 Public Safety
6:00 – 8:00pm Tour of Peoria Police Department &
Police Dept. Emergency Communications Center

November 8 Graduation @ City Council Meeting
6:00pm City Hall

November 10 Graduation @ County Board Meeting

You must Apply and be Accepted into this Academy.  Applications must be submitted by September 2nd.

Obtain an Application at:

Thursday, August 04, 2016


McGrath Law Office PC is seeking candidates to fill an immediate opening for a full time paralegal at our Mackinaw office.  Our law firm is a high volume, transactional law firm.  Our practice areas include estate planning, probate/estate administration, real estate law, corporate law, municipal law, civil litigation, nursing home planning, collections, and income tax law.  Our firm is a very high paced firm with a dedication to generating legal documents for our clients quickly.  This position would involve paralegal support to our two attorneys principally in the areas of municipal and corporate law, though the employee would provide support in other firm practice areas as well.  The ideal candidate would have at least one year of experience working in a law firm; must possess initiative, professionalism, and a strong work ethic; excellent clerical and typing skills are a must; Attention to detail and grammatical skills are essential to success in this position; must be able to work well in a fast paced environment under the pressure of deadlines.  Pay is commensurate with experience.  Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Pat McGrath  by email to or by mail to  113 S. Main St., PO Box 139, Mackinaw IL 61755.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Secretary needed as soon as possible for a law firm that handles family and criminal law matters. Resumes should be sent to Linda Watson at , as well as any inquires.

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016

For Immediate Release


Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is seeking applicants for the position of SELF-HELP CENTER NAVIGATOR for the PEORIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE.  Prairie State is an 80-attorney legal services program serving 36 counties in northern and central ILLINOIS outside of Cook County.

The Self-Help Center Navigator is responsible for assisting residents of Peoria County to navigate and effectively use the Peoria County Self-Help Center. The free, online legal self-help center helps the public find information about their legal rights and responsibilities, videos on what happens in court and some legal documents which they can fill out and file, including on-line pleadings and forms.  For more information about the Self-Help Center, see  Prairie State will both employ and train the Self-Help Center Navigator, who will work in the Peoria County Courthouse. This is a part time position at 14 hours per week.

Qualifications:  Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems.  Bachelor’s degree required.  Successful candidate must be reliable, detail oriented, and professional. Proficiency with computers and internet based software required. Some type of legal experience and Spanish-speaking ability are preferred, but not required.*   

Pay Rate: $13.00 per hour

To Apply:  Please submit all application materials via e-mail. Those materials should include: a) a detailed letter explaining the reasons for your interest and how your experience would make you a successful candidate; b) your resume; and c) a list of three references to Jessica Hodierne, Administrative Manager, at  Please state “Peoria County Self-Help Center” in the subject line. 
Closing Date:  When filled

Prairie State Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

*It says Bachelor's Degree required, but a paralegal degree would also be fine.

Friday, July 22, 2016

STOP Everything, DROP what you are doing and ENROLL at ICC in one EASY VISIT to the North Campus on July 27th

If you have not enrolled yet but you intend to or you NEED to enroll in any ICC Program, but especially the Paralegal, 911 Dispatch, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement or Fire Science programs, come to this event on July 27th at Arbor Hall on the North Campus of Illinois Central College, on North University, Peoria, IL.

We have great career and transfer programs at ICC.  The cost is minimal compared to other local and non-local options.  The class schedules are convenient.  The instruction is excellent.  And our graduates are among the most successful at any college they transfer to or in any job they find after graduating from Illinois Central College.