Wednesday, February 06, 2019

CIPA Meeting!


February 19, 2019, 5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

Seasons Gastropub
149 South Main Street, Morton

 Please join us to kick the year off right with an all member meeting where we will discuss the upcoming CIPA calendar of events, CIPA projects, committees and volunteer opportunities.  This is your chance to participate in planning the upcoming year as well as get to better know and socialize with your fellow CIPA members.  Everyone is Welcome!

Appetizers provided by CIPA, attendees responsible for dinner and drinks.
RSVP by February 15, 2019 to 

Summer Internships with Police, Probation, Corrections, Dispatch, Juvenile Detention and Animal Welfare

Enroll in the
Criminal Justice Internship
(Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 Dispatch)
Summer 2019
This is the course Criminal Justice students rate as their most rewarding and favorite elective course.

Find out more and APPLY for your opportunity to complete this valuable internship course by attending any of the following 1 hour meetings:
East Peoria Campus
Tuesday March 5 @ 12:30 pm 239A  
Poplar Hall, Peoria Campus
Tuesday March 5 @ 5:00 pm P131
Thursday March 7 @ 12:15 pm P130
Enrollment is limited. Interested CRJ and LE students should have completed CRJ 110 and CRJ 225. 9-1-1 Students should have completed of CRJ 110 and CRJ 190. This is the most established Internship program in the region with Students earning great experiences after being placed with local Police, Probation, Corrections, Dispatch, Juvenile Detention and Animal Welfare.
See or contact Professor Higgins or Professor Graff for more details.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Police Officer Testing, Burlington, Iowa February 23rd. Deadline February 13th

The Burlington Iowa Police Department is testing February 23rd.  They offer a $5000 signing bonus for Certified Peace Officers, pay starting at $59,000 and 99 hours of vacation time based on training and experience.

Past ICC grads have found this to be a good department to work for and a nice community to live in.

Find there application packet here: 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Cougar Karate, a great opportunity for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Students!

Improve your strength and flexibility.  Join other Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Students in this free karate class at the Peoria Campus. 

Join us Wednesday, Feb 6th at 3:30 p.m. in Arbor 112, Peoria Campus.  

Questions: Email

Friday, January 25, 2019

New Paralegal Program Schedule for Fall 2019!

We worked to adjust our Program schedule. This schedule seeks to provide better support for students who work one or more jobs, allowing students to schedule all program courses on either 1 day or a maximum of 2 nights on campus. This change also supports our out of district students who often travel more than an hour one way to come to campus for classes. The class schedule for Fall 2019 will be as follows:

1-2:15 p.m.

Civil Litigation

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Administrative Law

4-5:15 p.m.

Business Organizations

5:30p-6:45 p.m.

Legal Research II

Business Organizations

7p-8:15 p.m.

Legal Research I

Civil Litigation

8:30-9:45 p.m.

Administrative Law

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

One Year Later, a Graduate's Perspective

On the one year anniversary of getting a job in a law firm, one of our graduates sent a nice Thank You note. Like so many people, he came to our Post Degree program to pursue his interest in the law after spending years on a much different career path. He reported being happy and satisfied at the one year point of his Paralegal career.  When asked what he had learned in this first year, he provided this tongue in cheek reply: 

Family law and Estate planning are like "bread and butter" in this profession and I have done both. 

Here is a shortlist of some things I've learned:

1. Always proofread and cc the client;
2. Always check the copier tray for stuff you might have left there;
3. If a lawyer ask you to do something, it usually means a) they want you to do it 
and b) they want it now;
4. Some attorneys use their assistants as attack dogs. Carry bacon;
5. Almost all questions a client may have are better answered by the attorney;   
6. There is never not a file that needs closing;
7. Know where all the toes are in the office and don't step on them;
8. Attorneys are still co-workers. Good ones and bad ones. Hope for a good one. Otherwise wear a helmet;
9. Know where the closest USPS is and when the last pickup is;
10. If you don't like the work: just wait. Hold out.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Police Officer - Moline, Illinois

The City of Moline is recruiting for the position of Police Officer. The link below contains information to help you become better acquainted with the recruitment process. You will want to print or save this information as it contains important dates.
To view the following items click here:

1.    Testing schedule
         Saturday, March 2, 2019 OR Saturday, March 9, 2019
         8:30 AM – Agility Test
         2:00 PM – Written Exam (for applicants that pass agility test)
2.    General requirements and testing procedures
3.    Testing process and physical fitness requirements

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Command Center Operator for 2nd and 3rd shift in Peoria

Command Center Operator Location Peoria, IL (On-Premises) Primary Office Central Illinois 2500 N. Main St Suite 1A East Peoria, IL 61611 United States Duration Full Time 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. Responsibilities Convergint Technologies is recruiting for a Command Center Operator for 2nd and 3rd shift in Peoria. The roles and responsibilities are: Observe and report emergency and non-emergency events. Responsible for monitoring security systems. Dispatch appropriate personnel and notify the appropriate level of management. 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. Skills 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 website at

Send resume and letter of introduction to:

phone 309-494-5905 fax 309-494-5901

Deputy and Dispatch Positions, Fulton County Sheriff's Office

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Deputy and Dispatch.   
Applications, along with 3 letters of recommendation, must be submitted to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, 268 W Washington Ave, PO Box 269,  Lewistown, Illinois 61542, no later than Friday, February 1, 2019.  Applications are available online at or at the Sheriff's Office at the above address between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. 
Eligible applicants must be United States citizens, 21 years of age or older (18 or older for Dispatch), possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and have a valid driver's license.
Deputy Salary $44,075.20 plus benefits
Dispatch Salary $37,024.00 plus benefits

Friday, January 04, 2019

Trade your two part-time jobs for a sustainable wage, challenging and exciting career. Get registered for Paralegal classes TODAY!

Trade your two part-time jobs for a sustainable wage, challenging and exciting career. Get registered for Paralegal classes TODAY! hashtagquality hashtagparalegal hashtageducation hashtagcentralillinois

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Product Compliance Analyst - Peoria, Illinois

Product Compliance Analyst
Illinois Mutual is seeking a Product Compliance Analyst responsible for drafting policy forms while maintaining compliance with state/federal laws; for interacting with Insurance Departments; and for investigating complaints. Bachelor’s degree and a paralegal certificate required.  Send resumes to  To learn more about our opportunities, including our benefits, visit our website at

Friday, December 21, 2018

Did you Get a Raise for the New Year?

The end of the calendar year is a typical time for performance reviews for many employers, law firms included.  Throughout our program, students receive emphasis on two major suggestions regarding salaries and raises in a typical law office.

1. Come to work every day with effort and intent to be organized, competent and dialed into the tasks of the day, week and month ahead.  Meet assigned deadlines. Complete your assigned work to the best of your ability.  Communicate with your supervising Lawyer(s) and do the things they need you to do to free them up to best serve their clients and to be able to serve more clients.

2. Prepare for your year-end or salary review. Never take it for granted that all you do will be fully recognized at your year-end review. Know your value to the firm. It isn't that difficult to determine how many hours and dollars you helped generate for the firm and you should know those number$.  Beyond the dollar$, think about and document all of the successes you contributed to over the past year.  And successes are great, but be objective and think about and be ready to acknowledge anything that didn't go well.  Be ready to acknowledge things you could have done better or you want to be prepared to do better in the future.

Take care of number 1 and raises and salary typically take care of themselves.  Do number 2 and you will help yourself and your supervising Lawyer have both a productive year-end review and a more successful New Year.   If you do these things and you do not receive reasonable recognition it may be that the circumstances dictate you consider the action we suggest when confronted with concerns about ethical or less than reasonable business practices.  Dust off your resume, start applying for and find a new employment opportunity.

The following article offers great tips on what to do if you haven't had a scheduled year-end or salary review.