Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Paralegal Position!

A law firm in Peoria, Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo, is seeking a paralegal with 5 years’ experience in civil litigation – also work comp experience would also be a plus, but not required.
Interested parties should submit their resume to:  Sarah Davis,  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Peoria Police Department Recruiting Events, February 27th and 28th and March 2nd

The Peoria Police Department
will be on campus
Recruiting Candidates

Attend one or more of the following:

Monday, February 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Peoria Campus Atrium
The Peoria Police Department will be bring some of it's Officers, Cadets, Explorers 
and vehicles to campus.  Stop and talk to members of the department, ask questions,
get information on job opportunities, the Explorers and more.
You are also invited to attend one of the in depth presentations noted below.
Applications will be available
Tuesday, February 28, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  and 6:00 p.,m. – 7:30 p.m. 
North campus, Arbor Hall 111
The Peoria Police Department will give an interesting and in depth presentation 
concerning the department, the hiring process, 
and qualities they seek in a candidate. 
Applications will be available

Thursday, March 2nd from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
East Peoria Campus. 212 C
The Peoria Police Department will give an interesting and in depth presentation 
concerning the department, the hiring process, 
and qualities they seek in a candidate. 
Applications will be available

Friday, February 10, 2017

Save the Date!

February 10, 2017

Michelle Weghorst - Public Services Programs Coordinator
Illinois Central College
5407 N. University Street, Poplar Hall 117
Peoria, IL  61635-001

Dear Professor Weghorst,

It is with great pleasure that I write to invite you and the students of Illinois Central College’s Paralegal Program to the 28th Annual Legal Educational Seminar to be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, IL.  We will have dynamic speakers presenting topics on pro-bono work, 4th Amendment issues, elder law, the role of the coroner in regard to the opioid epidemic, organized crime, and ethics.

At the Legal Educational Seminar paralegal students will spend the day among others who share in their interest of law.  We are anticipating 90 or more legal professionals in attendance this year. The day will provide students an opportunity to develop professional relationships with those working within the local legal community.   

We will have a mentor assigned to the students throughout the day. This mentor will stay with the student throughout the seminar and during lunch. The mentor will provide the opportunity for questions regarding the legal profession, introduce them to paralegals and attorneys in the legal community, and to be of any help to the student throughout the day.

The Central Illinois Paralegal Association is a strong advocate of paralegal education.  Each year during the seminar CIPA holds a raffle, and the proceeds benefit grant recipients the following year. In addition, to encourage student attendance, the registration fee for this year has been lowered to $30.00 per student. The $30.00 will cover the cost of each student’s lunch at the Doubletree.  CIPA is happy to provide all other expenditures.  Further, CIPA is pleased to offer educational grants for complimentary registration for those needing assistance.  We are anxious to include as many students as are interested. This is a great opportunity to listen to outstanding speakers and surround themselves with paralegals and attorneys who are happy to spend the day networking with them.

We will be sending you more information as it becomes available.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

I hope you and your students are able to accept this invitation. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Unique job opportunity!

This job posting is a unique opportunity to work on all areas of insurance and financial services – as well as support the team and the General Counsel on corporate governance and compliance matters.  Horace Mann is an insurance and financial services company focused on meeting the needs of K-12 school teachers.  The company is publicly traded
and was started in Springfield, IL in 1945.  

The successful candidate will have some prior experience in either a law firm or in-house setting.  The position is
located in Springfield, IL.  

Here is a link to the job posting,
c=1138841&d=ExternalCareerSite&r=5000181410606  Interested candidates can apply online using this link.

Questions should be directed to Recruiting Consultant, Tina Horton, at 217-788-8561.

Firm seeking a support staff member to join their practice!

Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., a law firm celebrating over 50 years of providing exceptional legal services, is seeking a support staff member to join their practice.  They are looking for a meticulous person with strong math and problem solving skills who is dedicated to providing excellent client services.  An ability to work independently and within strict deadlines, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, is required.  To apply, please send your resume and three professional references in confidence to Attorney Brigette Lobacz, 410 Broadway, P.O. Box 875, Pekin, Illinois 61554- 0875. 

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Part Time Position with a Peoria Law Firm, Excellent Opportunity for a Student

Part time clerical position in a fast-paced mid-size law firm in downtown Peoria.  The responsibilities would include but are not limited to:
-     Answer phone calls and redirect them when necessary
-     Prepare and disseminate correspondence, memos and forms
-     Develop and maintain a filing system
-     Make travel arrangements
-     Undertake occasional receptionist duties
-     Occasional deliveries in the downtown area
Requirements would include but are not limited to:
-     Familiarity with office organization and optimization techniques
-     High degree of multi-tasking and time management capability
-     Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-     Self-motivated
-     Attention to detail
-     Integrity and professionalism
-     Proficiency in MS Office
-     Proficient typing skills
-     High school diploma
Contact Professor Higgins
or Michelle Weghorst

Legal Assistant part-time!

Legal Assistant part-time (20-30 hours per week) at a small Eureka, Illinois law firm.  A professional image, attention to detail, excellent communication and strong organizational skills a must. The qualified candidate must be detail-oriented, a self-starter who is extremely responsible, dependable, highly motivated, able to multi-task, possess a great work attitude and a team player. Computer skills, strong grammar and communication skills and multi-tasking are essential. Experience with Word, Excel and Visio is preferred. Must be able to work independently. Excellent telephone etiquette required. Please indicate your salary requirements. Email your resume to

Law Enforcement Students!

I am looking to hire individuals who have expressed an interest in law enforcement or a similar career path to work for MPSI of Illinois.  MPSI is a growing private security contractor in the Chicagoland market and we are expanding in Central Illinois.  I am a native of East Peoria and attended ICC in the 90's prior to being employed as a police officer in Frankfort, Il.  I wanted to reach out to you because of your unique access to the type of people I want to hire.  If you are aware of anyone who may be interested they can contact me by email at or by phone or text at 815-530-5505.

Thank you,

Bill Bankes

Monday, February 06, 2017

Criminal Justice 227 –Administration of Justice SUMMER 2017

Join Professor Tom Higgins for a completely Online section of CRJ 227, Administration of Justice, and a long look at the events leading up to the tragic death of Laquan McDonald.   

We will review important criminal procedures involving use of force, arrest, search, seizure, civil rights, self-incrimination, assistance of counsel and other aspects of Constitutional Law intended to protect the public while assisting law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.  The value of students knowing these very important principles has been diminished somewhat as focus and curriculum changes squeezed this type of course out to make room for more liberal arts based courses.  While other courses are arguably also valuable, knowing what the public should expect from you and what you are able to expect from the public as a police officer is knowledge that you need in greater detail and with more frequency than once in college and once in the police academy.   

This is a MUST have course for persons intending to pursue a career in Law Enforcement.  It will provide an interesting and valuable learning experience for any person intending a career serving the law and justice systems in any manner.

Look for Enrollment to open the first week of April.  The class begins June 5th.  There is no text book so your cost is tuition only.  

Other questions?  Contact Professor Higgins at:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Apply for the Criminal Justice Internship - Summer 2017

Enroll in the
Criminal Justice Internship
(Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 Dispatch)
Summer 2017

This is the course Criminal Justice student’s 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 one of two meetings scheduled on

Tuesday, March 7th
12 (Noon) or 5 p.m.,
Poplar Hall Room 108

Students must attend one of the two meetings available on March 7th.  Enrollment is limited.  Interested CRJ and LE students should have completed a minimum of CRJ 110 and CRJ 225 or have completed CRJ 110 and be enrolled in CRJ 225 for Summer.  Interested 9-1-1 Students should have completed a minimum of CRJ 110 and CRJ 190.

See Professor Higgins or Professor Graff for more details.

CIPA Meeting!

CIPA Colleagues:

Please mark your calendars for Monday, February 13, 2017, and plan to attend the Central Illinois Paralegal Association monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at Tony Roma’s Restaurant, Lido Room, 1601 Jumer Drive, Bloomington, IL. We will be ordering from the “8 for 8” menu at the restaurant.

Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

Attorney Garrett Thalgott will be presenting: “Drone Rules That Everyone Should Know.” As drone use grows in popularity, you should be cognizant of what you can and cannot do with drones, and what you need to do before you even fly. Come and find out what you should know! One hour of CLE will be afforded.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, February 13, 2017!

Please RSVP to the CIPA mailbox: on or before 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Thank you!

Central Illinois Paralegal Association
P.O. Box 1948

Bloomington, IL 61702

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Criminal Justice Summer Internship Information Coming Sooon

A blink of an eye ago Daniel Ramiro was a freshman in my Introduction to Criminal Justice course.  He briefly thought about majoring in Business but after taking the ICC Summer Internship (part of the Summer with the Peoria Police Department) he knew this was the major and career path for him.  Daniel is finishing up his Bachelor's degree at Western Illinois University with a full-semester Internship with the Peoria Police Department.  He was with the PPD Nuisance Property team today and he was able to observe the property cases I was presiding over at City Hall.
ICC Criminal Justice students should look for information to be coming soon regarding the 2017 Summer Criminal Justice Internship course.


Black, Black & Brown is a well-established and growing law firm seeking a well- organized, self-motivated, energetic Legal Office Assistant to assist and support attorneys and paralegals.

Essential duties and responsibilities may consist of:
·         Answering and transferring incoming calls
·         Managing telephone messages
·         Preparing and delivering outgoing mail
·         Typing, formatting and finalizing correspondence and communication
·         Scheduling appointments, meetings and maintaining calendars
·         Preparing, maintaining and organizing files
·         Prepare office for conferences and meetings
·         Updating client information
·         Other administrative duties as assigned

·         Prior administrative/office experience preferred
·         Excellent computer skills, including experience with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook
·         Attention to detail
·         Excellent organizational skills
·         Ability to prioritize and multitask
·         Self-starter and energetic
·         Ability to type 50 wpm or greater

This is a permanent part-time position. Hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Salary range is $12.00 to $15.00 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.

Company Name:         Black, Black & Brown Location:      115 Washington Square
Washington, IL
Pay:                             $12.00 - $15.00 per hour

Posted:                        1/2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Peoria Police Department April 2017 Eligibility Pool - APPLY NOW!

Announcing an examination cycle for placement into the City of Peoria
 April, 2017 Police Eligibility Pool.
Salary : $56,154.24 ($57,558.07 after certified training)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 or postmarked or faxed by March 22, 2017.
 Application must include the following:

1.  Photocopy of Driver's License.
2.  Photocopy of Birth Certificate. NOTE: This should be a copy of the registered (or certified) birth certificate, which is on file at the courthouse in the county of birth. The hospital certificate (with the footprints of the newborn) is NOT an acceptable document.
3.  Photocopy of High School Diploma OR High School Transcript OR GED Certificate. (You still need to submit a copy of your High School Diploma, High School Transcript or GED Certificate even if you have received a college degree.)
Study guides for the written examination will be mailed to candidates as we receive the completed application with the required documents.
Apply and get additional information at:

Friday, January 20, 2017

ICC Scholarships!!!

Graduation cap and tassel atop a variety of US currency
The ICC Educational Foundation offers hundreds of scholarships for all kinds of students. One could have your name on it!
Online Applications are normally accepted from January 15 through April 1 for the following academic year.
Login and complete the online scholarship application. (opens in a new browser window)

For More Information
East Peoria Campus Administration Building L209
(309) 694-5324

Mon-Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday, January 19, 2017

St. Jude Running Central Run, Join Us or Donate!

If you'd like to run the Peoria Marathon route and raise money for the kids and families of St. Judge contact Professor Higgins.  If you would like to make a donation to the Kids and Families of St. Jude please go to:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Professor Higgins is on Sound Cloud

Over the years we have seen many developments, many changes, a huge evolution with technology and we’ve tried to adapt with those things while addressing two primary concerns.  First and foremost, we strive to make decisions, develop practices and design course offerings that meet the Best Interest of our students.  That doesn’t always mean that our decisions are what a student or students wish to hear but that is our primary focus.  This first consideration is dependent on our other major concern as dictated by the employers who will one day hire our students.  Those employers tell us what they would like in our graduates in knowledge, skill, character and work ethic and we develop and present courses accordingly.   And second, course content and experiences that best addressed the various concerns of those employers who would one day hire our graduates.

I taught one of the first fully online courses here at Illinois Central College.  I retool and update all courses, fully online, hybrid (partially on-line) and traditional every semester to keep up with the desires of the employers and the needs of the employers.  One consistent point raised by employers, both for Paralegal and Criminal Justice, is better inter-personal communication.  Especially listening to and processing the spoken word.  That is easy enough to do in the traditional or hybrid courses where we meet face to face at least half the time.  It’s not so easy to do in the fully online courses.  At the same time, my students have begun to mention that they’d appreciate some sort of supplement to the online courses that would help them process and understand the course material.

For those reasons, I’ve made some personal investments, made a commitment to investing additional time in the online courses and I am going to step outside my comfort zone a bit.  I have recording equipment in my home office.  I set up a Sound Cloud account.  And I am going to do my best to produce helpful audio files that I will link to my online courses any given week.  You will be able to click on the link and play the file and listen to my voice as I provide a brief summary of my thoughts on the course topic for that week.  It is essentially what you would get from me in the traditional or class time of a hybrid class minus the discussion interchange I usually seek in a face to face setting.  You will be able to play these files from any device with Internet access and you can download the file to play on any device at any time.  So I guess you can take me on a run, play it in the car or wherever you want.  My hope is that it provides you with an alternative or supplement to the text book and other text based supplements I already provide in these courses.  For this Spring semester I will debut these recordings in my Law Office Management and my Criminal Procedure and Evidence courses.  

As a test run I recorded a brief history of the ICC Paralegal programs.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Congratulations to the 2 New Officers and 7 New Cadets sworn in today at the Peoria Police Department

I was honored to be able to congratulate our graduates and students as they were sworn in today as Peoria Police Officers (2) and Cadets (7).  It was a packed house of family and friends who came to witness these individuals take this solemn oath to serve our community.

From those individuals who are currently ICC students with an opportunity to serve, be paid and have assistance with their education as Cadets to one new Officer who heard her calling to serve as a Police Officer after doing well for herself as an ICC Paralegal program graduate, it made me proud and energized towards continuing to serve our mission.

As with the 9 individuals sworn in this morning, we offer opportunities to assist those who wish to serve.  If you don't have a college degree, we can assist you with many options.  If you have a degree, regardless of what that degree is in, we have a Law Enforcement Certificate to help you gain the legal and technical knowledge necessary to be a great police candidate.

-Tom Higgins

Monday, December 12, 2016


Galesburg law firm seeking Legal Assistant/Paralegal.  Candidate must possess excellent organizational/communication skills and proactive work ethic.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office and typing speed of at least 60 wpm.  Digital transcription experience and knowledge of medical terminology preferred.  Other duties include:  typing, formatting, editing/finalizing legal documents, communicating with clients & file/calendar maintenance.  Competitive salary. Send resume to