Friday, April 03, 2020

Immediate Opening for a Part-Time Loss Prevention Officer

Immediate Opening for a Part-Time Loss Prevention Officer

Location: Retail Store Pekin, IL

If you have any questions email or call 712-943-1041 or 1-877-809-5880

Job Description:
  • Identify shoplifters thru floor patrol and through the use of Closed Circuit TV
  • Report writing
  • Interacting with local law enforcement agencies as needed
  • Provide court room testimony as required
Ability to read, write and speak English proficiently.
Part-time/ 20 hours per week
$13.50 per hour
Job Requirement:
  • Pre-Employment criminal background and drug screen
  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for up to 3-4 hours at a time
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately through verbal and written means
  • Ability to write legible, accurate and easily understood reports
  • Must be assertive, yet controlled in dealing with confrontation
  • Must be trustworthy and able to work under little or no direct supervision
  • Attendance for scheduled shifts. Tardiness and absenteeism is not tolerated
  • Previous loss prevention experience a plus, but not a requirement
  • High school diploma or equivalent (minimum)
  • Criminal Justice or related studies a plus
Must be able to obtain state required PERC prior to employment

This is an immediate opening. Paid training will be provided.

1st Class Security is an EEO/AA employer

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Judicial Conference of the United States Approves use of Video and Teleconferencing for Civil Proceedings

Judiciary Authorizes Video/Audio Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

In order to address health and safety concerns in federal courthouses and courtrooms, the Judicial Conference of the United States has temporarily approved the use of video and teleconferencing for certain criminal proceedings and access via teleconferencing for civil proceedings during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Message from Professor Higgins about Continuation of Spring 2020 Criminal Justice and Paralegal Courses

Message from Professor Higgins about Continuation of Spring 2020 Criminal Justice and Paralegal Courses

In follow up to my previous Blackboard course announcements and emails, please listen to my podcast found here:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Remote Law Office Management in a Shelter in Place, Covid-19 World

While many law offices, typically larger offices in larger cities, have been moving to more remote work, we haven't seen that as often in Central Illinois.  Now, many of you are forced to move in this direction and quite frankly, I hope you have moved in this direction or you will soon. 

The ABA has a few resources (CLE programs) they are offering, but unfortunately, at this time, those programs are free to members but they are charging $199 for non-members.

Fortunately, there are plenty of good resources available for your review.  I will link some of those resources below.  This first article provides caution and reason to move your office operation to a  remote set up for this current crisis.

As COVID-19 Spreads, How Effective Are Partial and Voluntary Remote Work Policies?

Simply reducing the number of attorneys and staff in office through voluntary and rotational remote work policies is not enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus, but further measures may help.

How New Jersey's Law Firms Are Moving to Remote Work Amid COVID-19 Response

As one firm leader put it, "We have two sacred obligations during this crisis: an obligation to our clients and an obligation to each other and to our families."

More BigLaw firms close or require remote work because of coronavirus threat

What Can Be Learned From 'Virtual' Firms as Coronavirus Necessitates Remote Work?

Brick-and-mortar firms weren't built with remote work in mind, say the leaders of distributed firms, so they face obstacles both physical and cultural as more attorneys log in from home to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

March Job Listings from the Peoria County Bar Association

Legal Assistant
Goldfine & Bowles is a personal injury law firm looking for an experienced legal assistant.  This individual will have a significant amount of client contact and must be comfortable working and dealing with a variety of individuals.  This position will require organization and attention to detail.  This person will assist in all aspects of the claims process,  including,  setting up claims, ordering and assembling medical packages, and a variety of other duties dealing with personal injuries.  We provide a pleasant work environment and are looking for a long term employee.  Please send inquiries and resumes to or fax to 309.282.2090

Regulatory Compliance CoordinatorCollege of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University has a position open for a regulatory compliance coordinator. For more information, click here

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Full time legal assistant or paralegal for Peoria area law firm located near Northwoods Mall.  Salary based on experience; emphasis on family law including divorce, custody, maintenance and child support, post-judgment matters, criminal, juvenile and traffic law.   Must be articulate, well organized and able to deal with public.  Duties include answering phones, scheduling appointments and scheduling and noticing up court hearings; processing of files, preparation of pleadings and correspondence, data entry; preparation of discovery requests and responses to same, meeting with clients.  Normal business hours Monday thru Friday.  Position is available to start immediately, if desired.  Please attach a resume including a telephone number and email in your response and best time to call via email to:

4507 N. Sterling Avenue, Suite 301
Peoria, Illinois 61615

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Peoria law firm is seeking a full time legal assistant/paralegal.  A minimum of 2 years’ experience is preferred but not required.  General secretarial skills required such as Microsoft Word, organizational skills, filing, answering the phone and setting appointments.  Must be interested in learning new skills and possess pleasant and professional demeanor.  A background in Immigration Law is highly desired.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to
Case Administrator
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has a position open for case administrator. For more information, click here.

Legal Assistant
Full time legal assistant for downtown Pekin law office. Minimum 2-5 years of law office experience is preferred. Emphasis on Family Law matters, Bankruptcy, and Immigration. Must be articulate, well organized, and able to deal with the public. Duties include answering the phone, scheduling appointments, processing of files, preparation of pleadings, meeting with clients, scheduling and noticing hearings. Competitive salary and benefits are available. Please attach a resume, include your telephone number in your response, and best time to call. Send resumes to with reference number 120419. 

Real Estate Paralegal – The law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs LLC is seeking a real estate paralegal to assist in the title department with our extensive real estate practice in both residential and commercial real estate.  This paralegal position will be responsible for real estate title searches, assisting with the preparation of title commitments, preparing closing documents, and attending and completing real estate closings and related loan transactions.  An applicant must be intelligent and detailed oriented, be able to effectivelLegaly and professionally interact with buyers, sellers, and lenders, be able to travel to conduct searches in local courthouses or attend closings outside our offices, and be able to take command at closings to ensure proper and thorough completion of all closing transactions and related matters. Title experience preferred.  If interested, please send a cover letter and your resume to Miller, Hall & Triggs, LLC, Attn: Hiring Manager, by email at or by regular mail to 416 Main Street, Suite 1125, Peoria, IL 61602.

Murphy & Dunn, P.C. is the largest law firm in Central Illinois dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law.  We have two office locations to serve the custody, divorce and family law needs of our clients and continue to grow.  We are seeking a qualified candidate for a full-time Paralegal position in our Peoria office location. This is a fast-paced, career position requiring a knowledgeable paralegal who wants to work directly with a trial attorney and clients to resolve their family law matters.  Paralegal certification is required and prior law office experience is preferred.
If you are a skilled paralegal looking for a rewarding career with the area’s premier family law firm, then this position is for you.  Our Firm offers a comprehensive employee benefits package and a competitive salary based on experience and ability.  You can learn more about our law firm at  For employment consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to Teri Dunn @

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Law Podcast and Website Contributor

Professor Higgins is looking for 1-2 Illinois Central College Paralegal alums or students interested in contributing content for a podcast and website intended to present information related to the trends, developments, issues and opportunities in the law and justice systems.

Ideal candidates would be interested in these topics, practiced in this type of research and able to help produce well written and accurate content.

While unpaid, you would be able to add this experience to your resume and you would be acknowledged as a contributor to the podcast and website, promoted as such, and you would have an opportunity to participate in podcast episodes.  

The time commitment is anticipated to be no more than 5 hours per week.   

If you are interested, send an e-mail and resume to Professor Higgins at:  

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Deadline to Apply for ICC Schoarships is March 1, 2020.

The Deadline to Apply for ICC Schoarships is March 1, 2020. We have several scholarships you may qualify for so apply TODAY

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Temporary Legal Assistant Position, Peoria, IL

Clerical assistant/legal assistant for litigation attorney. Transcribing correspondence and pleadings, preparing emails, maintaining legal files, and client contact. Part time (25-30 hours a week) and temporary position to fill in for maternity leave. 10-12 week maximum (two weeks of training included). Some knowledge of legal issues helpful. Paid summer internship, if requested. Please contact or call 309-637-8020.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Paralegal, Peoria Law Firm

Peoria law firm seeks paralegal (full-time). Duties include scheduling, preparing documents for attorneys, and professional phone etiquette. The ability to multitask, prioritize and stay organized is necessary. Salary range is negotiable/Benefits. Please forward resumes to .

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Legal Assistant, Nokomis, Illinois

We are in need for a Legal Assistant to work three to four days per week and eventually five days per week. Salary depends on experience but probably $11.00 to $15.00 /hour.  Below are some of the responsibilities of the position.
  • Answering incoming calls on multi-line phone system; directing calls to the appropriate staff member or scheduling a conference call with the appropriate staff member;
  • Proactively contacting clients, other law offices, the court, and vendors for a variety of reasons;
  • Greeting and welcoming guest and/or clients to the law firm and directing them appropriately; announcing their arrival for meetings; offering beverages; ensuring guests and/or clients feel comfortable;
  • Scheduling appointments for multiple people and sending confirming appointment emails through case management system;
  • Reminding clients of upcoming appointments by telephone and email; ensuring they have all necessary documents prior to appointments;
  • Consistently and accurately performing conflict checks on potential clients through case management systems prior to scheduling consultations;
  • Completing initial intake procedures with potential clients, sending intake emails, and ensuring payment in advance;
  • Following up with new consultations to ensure intakes have been completed and payment has been made;
  • Maintaining office calendar (Google calendar) and ensuring conference rooms are not double-booked;
  • Maintaining multiple calendars and tracking deadlines;
  • Sorting and cataloging email and mail; directing to appropriate office staff;
  • Using the firm’s file protocols and procedures, opening new files and closing completed files.
  • Reading filing material, verifying accuracy; filing and scanning documents into document management system, electronic database, and physical files;
  • Daily maintaining and organization of current files;
  • Preparing pleadings, orders, and correspondences indexes;
  • E-filing documents with the Court and downloading file-stamped documents after clerk’s acceptance (knowledge of Odyssey/Tyler systems is a PLUS);
  • Maintaining front office in neat, tidy, and orderly fashion;
  • Preparing conference room for meetings;
  • Maintaining office supply list and determining when office supply orders are necessary;
  • Signing for packages being delivered, verifying document/items match the delivery, delivering packages to appropriate place/person, keeping the reception area clear of boxes; putting all supply orders away in a timely manner
  • Provide administrative support for legal assistants.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Maintaining confidential and sensitive information learned from clients, staff, and other lawyers
  • Significant ability to maintain composure during periods of high stress or conflict
  • Outstanding, professional phone presence with ability to quickly and accurately ascertain the level of urgency of each call
  • Ability to remain calm, kind, and authoritative over the phone and in person
  • Multi-phone systems knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to give clear written and oral instructions to clients and vendors
  • Excellent organizational capabilities and ability to prioritize deadlines; must be able to effectively organize and prioritize work; must be able to work independently with little to no supervision.
  • Willingness and ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Keyboarding skills with an ability to input data with a minimum of 50 wpm.
  • Strong technology skills – including, but not limited to proficiency with:
  • MS Office applications
  • Scanning
  • Adobe Pro
  • Knowledge of basic IT skills
  • Ability to operate photocopiers, digital facsimile, and other general office equipment
  • Tracking billable hours in 6-minute increments; entering all billable hours completed on a given day into the designated timekeeping software the same day
  • Dependable, regular attendance
  • Ability to resolve issues/problems independently
This would be for our Nokomis office at 320 W. Central St., Nokomis, IL 62075.  Resumes can be submitted via email at or

Monday, February 10, 2020

Case Administrator, United State Bankruptcy Court, Peoria, Illinois



Position:  Case Administrator
Duty Station:  Peoria, Illinois
Classification Level: CL 24  
Starting Salary Range:  $38,298 - $44,699 
(Starting salary will depend upon the education, background, and prior work experience of the applicant) 
Posting Dates:              February 10, 2020 - March 10, 2020

Position Overview: 

The Case Administrator manages the progression of bankruptcy cases and related adversary proceedings from opening to final disposition by maintaining the official case records, monitoring the completion of the required procedural steps, verifying the accuracy of documents filed using the CM/ECF (Case Management/Electronic Case Filing) docketing system and performing docketing, file review, noticing, administrative and clerical tasks.   The incumbent reports directly to the Operations Manager.  

Representative Duties:
Informs customers of required fees, receives payments, and issue receipts. Secures funds in cash register and reconciles cash drawer at the end of the day.  Opens cases upon receipt of initiating documents. Receives and reviews incoming documents, both electronic and on paper to determine conformity with appropriate federal rules, practices and procedures. Monitors Daily Activity Report and Deadlines/Hearings Report. Acts as a liaison to attorneys using Electronic Case Filing (ECF).  Assists pro se filers with bankruptcy questions and documents. Staffs the main bankruptcy phone lines and answers public inquiries on case status, availability and location of bankruptcy records.  Prepares and processes notices for mailing or electronic notice. Continuously tracks cases, including relationships of case events and their status.  Reviews and enters orders, including discharge of debtor, and processes for mailing or electronic notice.  Prepares cases for closing and examines files to ensure that all necessary orders are entered and proceedings completed. 
Provides excellent customer service when responding to inquiries on case status, without providing legal advice. Provides information and ECF instruction to outside customers. Tests new procedures and processes to provide necessary feedback.  

To qualify for this position a person must also demonstrate that she/he possesses:
* High level reading comprehension.
* Exceptional organizational skills, particularly priority and time management capabilities.
* The ability to employ critical thinking skills and exercise initiative in handling problems encountered while performing assigned duties.
* The ability to avoid errors while handling large numbers of items during customer service distractions and interruptions. 
* The ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
* Unquestioned integrity and a positive, “can do” attitude.


The applicant must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a minimum of 2 years of general experience, and a minimum of 1 year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is progressively responsible clerical experience requiring the regular and recurring application of clerical procedures involving the routine use of keyboard skills and use of specialized terminology and demonstrated ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives or laws. Such experience is commonly encountered in law firms, banking and credit firms, educational institutions, social service organizations, insurance companies, real estate and title offices, and corporate headquarters or personnel/payroll operations.  


Judicial Branch employees are considered "at will" employees and are not subject to the employment regulations of competitive service. However, Judiciary employees are entitled to benefits similar to those of other government employees including: paid annual and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, health insurance, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Benefits Program, Long Term Disability Insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, participation in the Federal Employees’ Retirement System, flexible work schedule, and a professional work environment.  

Condition of Employment:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the United States. A background investigation including fingerprint and criminal record checks will be conducted. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Retention depends on a favorable suitability determination. This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) for salary payment.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit all of the following documents in one PDF file to with subject line 2020-03 Case Administrator (your name):
1. Letter of interest;
2. Resume;
3. Fully completed AO-78 (Judicial Branch Federal Employment application) which is available from the court’s website at under Court Info ? Employment Opportunities;
4. Three professional references with contact information. 

Please submit all required documents to be considered for this opportunity. An incomplete application package may disqualify an applicant from further consideration. If selected for an interview, participation in the interview process in Peoria, Illinois, will be at the applicant’s own expense. Management may close this announcement at any time. It is therefore recommended that applications be submitted as soon as possible. Due to the expected high volume of applicants for this position, the court will only communicate with those qualified applicants who are selected to interview.  


Friday, February 07, 2020

Medicaid Application Processor - Peoria, IL

Petersen Health Care has been a trusted leader in long-term care since 1974. We offer a variety of positions for health care jobs that feature opportunities to serve the elderly and disabled. These positions feature the area’s most attractive salary and benefits package, including:

· Health Insurance

· Life Insurance

· Vision/Dental Plan

· Generous Vacation plan

· 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match

· And More!

Summary of Position:

· Apply for Medicaid on behalf of residents and assist residents and their families throughout the Medicaid application process.

Position requires:

· Preparing and filing Medicaid applications;

· Helping residents and families understand documentation needed to process the application;

· Preparing and filing appeals when Medicaid applications get denied;

· Following up on applications and seeing them through to the conclusion.


· Prior experience with filing Medicaid applications preferred, but not required;

· Strong Computer Skills, able to manage emails, able to use Microsoft Office Products.

· Self Starter with good Written and Verbal Communication Skills

· Ability to Accurately Coordinate Multiple Tasks in a Busy Environment

· Able to Adapt to a Changing Environment

Legal Assistant/Paralegal - Peoria, Illinois

Immediate Opening. Full-time legal assistant or paralegal needed for Peoria law firm located in Junction City. Salary based on experience; emphasis on personal injury and workers’ compensation matters. We are looking for a motivated, dependable, well-organized team player who is able to multitask. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Regulatory Compliance Coordinator

College of Education and Health Sciences - Regulatory Compliance Coordinator

The College of Education and Health Sciences invites applicants for the full time, 12-month staff position of Regulatory Compliance Coordinator. The position is responsible for maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations and approvals for offering Distance Education programs across the country and reports to the Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Maintain current knowledge of state and federal regulatory agency rules and regulations related to Distance Education through the study of existing and new legislation and regulations
  • Communicate and maintain working relationships with state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Organize and interpret regulatory report data
  • Inform the appropriate College administrators of changes in state and federal laws and regulations related to Distance Education
  • Coordinate and organize information in support of ongoing state and federal regulatory compliance, which includes preparation of state reports
  • Obtain and maintain authorizations or exemptions, including maintenance of NC-SARA agreement provisions
  • Coordinate clinical contracts and agency agreements for student placement
  • Research and analyze requirements and regulations for potential new programs
  • Other duties as assigned
The successful candidate will have strong research and analytical skills with attention to detail and the ability to assess and prioritize work under moderate supervision. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the following areas: contracts, legal, regulatory, compliance, and credentialing. Ability to communicate effectively with the administrative team is essential.
Bachelor’s degree preferred; paralegal experience or other related experience may be considered.
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application addressing the qualifications of the position, resume, and complete contact information for three professional references electronically to:
Dr. Peggy Flannigan
Search Committee Chair
Associate Dean for Distance Education