Friday, January 24, 2020

Calling ICC Paralegal Alumni ! Come have Lunch on Us

Dear ICC Paralegal Alumni,

You may know that we recently hired a new Program Coordinator, Peggy Michelle Weghorst and I are still around. Michelle is now our boss, she is serving as the Dean of the Business, Legal and Information Systems Department.  

As you know, our Paralegal programs have been American Bar Association-approved since 1992. Part of the process for keeping our programs American Bar Association-approved includes a two-day site visit by a team of representatives from the ABA every seven years.  

Our next site visit is scheduled for next month.  It will occur on February 18th  and 19th. We need your help.  

The ABA representatives would like to meet with you, our Alumni.  We have scheduled time for that meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, beginning at  11:30 a.m.  The meeting will occur in Poplar Hall, Room P130.  We will provide a nice lunch.

If you can commit to attending, please RSVP to Peggy by email at no later than February 12.  

You will be back to work after lunch and if your employer asks, please share that this for our American Bar Association site visit, that we would appreciate the opportunity for you to attend and that I would appreciate that courtesy personally.  

Thank you for your consideration.
Tom Higgins,
Professor, Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Full-time Paralegal, Peoria, Illinois

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

Paralegal a Very Vital, Sustainable Wage, Career Opportunity in Central Illinois

A recent Forbes article titled "Here's How Much Money Paralegals Make in Every State" emphasizes what Paralegal Educators know and discuss regularly as the status for this career on a national and regional basis.  This career opportunity remains vibrant and vital in Central Illinois, the State of Illinois and throughout the United States.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Vitality as: the state of being strong and active; energy.

We have a "Program Vitality" process at the college.  Certain programs and courses of study are put through an analysis centered on instructional costs.  Our Paralegal program has consistently been reviewed in this process.  It has never been a question of whether we have a strong, active, energetic and quality program.  But as circumstances in Illinois and internally have changed and enrollment numbers across the board have declined, the costs of providing this and other programs versus the value of providing these opportunities to our community college district and our region continues to be an ongoing concern. 

In our case, the Value and Investment in providing this program outweigh concerns over the Cost and we continue to request assistance towards marketing the program, re-establishing agreements with surrounding community colleges in our region and generally increasing enrollments to match the needs of employers.

Currently, we list more jobs than we can help fill with Students and Graduates.

The focus of the Forbes article is Paralegal salary averages by state and it references and links the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections that show growth in the field.  Salary averages for Illinois Paralegals rank 11th nationally.  These figures are somewhat inflated by the Chicago area but downstate and regional Paralegal salaries, benefits and working conditions are very good and always improving. 

"There is a ton of paperwork and fact-checking that needs to be done in a law office on a daily basis. That’s where paralegals and legal assistants come up big. Paralegals assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents and researching legal precedent, among many other tasks. Being a paralegal has been a popular job in the United States, especially as part of a road toward becoming a lawyer. Employment numbers have been increasing for paralegals and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of paralegals is projected to increase much faster than average, with approximately 39,000 paralegal jobs being added from 2018 to 2028, an increase of 12%.
Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we've analyzed and compiled a round-up of the average paralegal salary by state in the U.S. Read on for a full breakdown of where paralegals make the most money, and where they're making the least."
Read the full article here:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Presentation on Family Terror Networks

Illinois Central College and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will host Professor Dean C. Alexander on Thursday, January 30 in Hickory Hall on our Peoria Campus for a provocative discussion of family terror networks. Alexander is the Director of the Homeland Security Research Center at Western Illinois University and author of the book Family Terror Networks. There is a dinner beginning at 5:45 with the talk at 7 p.m. You can register to attend both the dinner and the presentation or attend only the presentation. 

The last day to register for this event is this Saturday, January 25th.
Register online at:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Immigration Paralegals - Normal and Champaign, Illinois

The Immigration Project is looking for motivated and passionate new members to join our team!

Intake Specialist (Part-time)
Immigration Paralegal
Community Navigators Manager

Immigration Paralegal
AmeriCorps VISTA: Development and Volunteer Coordinator

Help provide the immigrants of downstate Illinois with affordable access to immigration legal services. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Paralegal, Peoria Law Firm

Elias, Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C., AV-Rated business law firm, seeks experienced legal assistant/paralegal for their business litigation division. Individual must be self-motivated with good attention to detail and ability to multi-task.  Duties include electronic court filing, scheduling, legal document preparation, legal research, discovery, and assisting attorneys with a variety of other case matters.  Civil litigation experience a plus.  Candidates should email cover letter and resume to Janaki Nair at  

Friday, December 13, 2019

McLean County Sheriff is seeking Deputies




Application packet is available at under “How Do I” then click “Apply for a Job, scan the code below, or may be picked up at the
Sheriff’s Office through February 12, 2020.

McLean County Sheriff’s Office
Law and Justice Center
104 West Front Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Starting salary: $54,518.00 plus overtime and liberal benefits.

MANDATORY ORIENTATION will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in the Jury Assembly room located on the 5th floor of the Law and Justice Center.

Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. Orientation starts promptly at 5:30p.m.

EXPERIENCED OFFICER applications are accepted by the Merit Commission on a continual (year-round) basis.

For all other questions please contact John Elliott at 309-826-7771.
If you can’t reach him, contact Chief Jamey Kessinger at 309-888-5034.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Internship, Peoria County States Attorney's Office

Interested students would intern focusing on our felony and juvenile abuse and neglect departments.  Job duties would include issuing subpoenas, preparing motions, preparing discovery and assisting with evidence and file dispositions among other tasks.  We also make sure our students spend time observing in the courtroom as well.  Interested students should contact Erin Junker by e-mail or by phone at 309-495-5020.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

The Illinois Central College Paralegal Program Welcomes Peggy Crane as our Paralegal Program Coordinator

The Illinois Central College Paralegal Program welcomes Peggy Crane as our Paralegal Program Coordinator. 

With over 18 years experience practicing law in Oregon and Illinois, most recently with the Hinshaw and Culbertson office in Peoria, Peggy has a wide range of experience practicing law with Paralegals. 

She is available to meet with current and prospective students for advising.  She will also be working with prospective employers and internship hosts.

You may reach Peggy by e-mail at: or by telephone at: 309-690-7691

Monday, December 02, 2019

Central Illinois Paralegal Positions from the Peoria County Bar Association

OSF Healthcare System is seeking a full-time corporate paralegal to support the in-house legal needs of OSF and its operating units. This position assists in the handling of legal issues such as conducting advanced legal research; assisting in preparing documents, corporate documentation, leases, licenses, insurance, and employment agreements; assisting in compliance audits; performing due diligence; reviewing contracts; and assisting in preparing legal memoranda and pleadings.  This position will also support contract reviews and risk assessment. An Associates Degree in applied Science in a Paralegal Program is preferred; however, applicants with experience as a paralegal or in a similar position that have worked with contracts and legal documents will be considered. A High School diploma is required. Fill out the application by following this link:

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 effectively 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 @

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
To provide general secretarial support to assigned Attorneys.
Prefer Real Estate Experience.
Varied responsibilities in the areas of estate planning and administration, real estate and business law. Duties include file maintenance; scheduling; maintaining calendars; client contact and correspondence; time entry; billing, periodic switchboard and other duties as assigned.
Position requires strong work ethic, ability to complete multiple tasks in a timely manner, and ability to communicate effectively with Attorneys, clients and staff.
Hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with one hour lunch
Email resume to:

Watson Law is a nine year busy solo law firm, focused on family law and constitutional criminal defense.  I am seeking to hire a paralegal.  The interested individual must be energetic, with a dedicated work ethic, and committed to giving top service to our clients.  Watson Law also handles of counsel personal injury jury trials.   An individual who is committed to the Central Illinois area.  Any prior experience in family law and / or criminal law a plus.  Please submit cover letter, resume, references, and three writing samples.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Position with the Illinois Attorney General's Office adjacent to the Peoria Campus of ICC


Posting #19-63
 Legal Secretary
 Deputy Chief of Staff, Administration
 Child Support Enforcement
5415 N. University Avenue, Suite 106
Peoria, Illinois

Performs responsible legal secretarial and clerical work requiring a basic knowledge of legal terminology and court procedures; types memoranda, depositions, pleadings, motions, rulings, pre-hearing reports, orders, petitions, briefs and vouchers; plans, schedules, initiates and performs the clerical processing necessary for preparation of cases by staff attorneys; proofreads documents; receives and screens public by telephone and in person; makes appointments; arranges for transportation, accommodations and conferences; types attorneys' case reports and legal manuscripts and revises as necessary; composes and types correspondence involving application of policy as well as general or routine matters; maintains detailed files.
1. Knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of 2 years legal secretarial or business college and 1 year secretarial experience or high school graduate (GED) and 3 years secretarial experience or related experience preferably in a legal services environment or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
2. Effective oral and written communication skills.
3. Physical ability to file and duplicate information which includes bending, stretching, stooping, and lifting of up to 15 pounds.
4. Ability to operate automated office machines and equipment (prior training or work experience on PC specializing in Word Perfect preferred).
5. Attendance is an essential function of this position.
HOURS OF WORK: 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Monday Friday)
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send resume with cover letter to:
Office of the Attorney General
Human Resources Bureau
500 S. Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701

An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Illinois Attorney General's Office is an equal opportunity employer. The Office considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Legal Secretary - Peoria Area

for law firm
Weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Must be proficient with Microsoft Word,
answering a multi-line phone system,
have excellent communication skills,
and work well independently and with others.

(No Phone calls please)
Email Resume & References to:

Thursday, November 21, 2019

POLICE OFFICER, Washington Illinois

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 5, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. 

Agency: Washington Police Department – Washington, Illinois

Location: – Washington, Illinois (Central Illinois – Peoria Metro Area) 

Starting Salary: $50,956.15 

Lateral Transfer Salary can be higher. All equipment is issued to new officers

For the more information and the complete application packet and information, go to:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

PARALEGAL - Peoria, Illinois

Illinois and Arizona law firm located in Peoria, Illinois, practicing in the areas of real estate, bankruptcy, business, and civil litigation is seeking to hire a qualified paralegal. Job duties include but are not limited to conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, compiling evidence to be used in Court, mailing correspondence, conducting client intake, and answering phones. Candidates must have a paralegal degree and/or paralegal experience and must have a professional appearance. Please send a resume to and answer the following questions in the body of the email:

1. Why should we hire you?
2. Why are you a superstar for this position?
3. What are the top three things you think a paralegal should do?
4. What do you do if you have someone trying to reach me during an emergency?