Friday, June 22, 2018

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Deputy, Dispatch and Court Security (part-time).

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Deputy, Dispatch and Court Security (part-time).

 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 Saturday, June 30, 2018.  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.



Starting Wages:
Deputy Salary Range: $41,142.00, plus benefits.
Dispatch Salary Range:  $34,569.50 plus benefits
Court Security Hourly Rate:  $14.85 no benefits.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Race

Our student Tia Howell is selling Ducks for the Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Race.  We use the Center's resources as we review Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence in Family Law and our students and faculty have volunteered, supported and worked for the Center over the years. 

Please consider donating to the Duck Race by using this link:

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Black, Black & Brown is a well-established and growing law firm seeking a well-organized, self-motivated, energetic Legal Executive Assistant to assist and support attorneys.
Essential duties and responsibilities may consist of:
  • Answering and transferring incoming calls
  • Managing telephone messages
  • Preparing and delivering outgoing mail
  • Typing, formatting and finalizing documents, correspondence and communications
  • Scheduling appointments, meetings and maintaining calendars
  • Preparing, maintaining and organizing files
  • Preparing 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 full-time position. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Salary is $15.00 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.
Company Name: Black, Black & Brown
Location: 115 Washington Square
Washington, IL
Pay: $15.00 + per hour
Posted: 06/2018
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $30,000.00 /year
  • Legal Assistant: 1 year

Friday, May 18, 2018

Want to earn some extra cash this summer while gaining experience?

 Attorney Brian Addy is in need of someone at his Pekin office two days a week.  This person needs to know how to transcribe dictation word for word from the attorneys.  There will be the occasional answering of the phones, as well.  They will be needed Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 – 5:00 with an hour for lunch.  The start date is June 4th, and it will last into August.  You can either call Attorney Brian Addy @ 309-353-6461 or e-mail him @

Friday, May 11, 2018

Bradley University Police Department looking for two dispatchers!

Bradley University Police Department  looking for two dispatchers.  This is  for our 9-1-1 certificate and law enforcement degree students.  Starting wage is $16.72 / hour.  More info is available here:

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Peoria health care company has two paralegal positions open!

1st Position:
Paralegal opening

Peoria health care company seeking paralegal to join legal department.

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

*         Provide advanced support by handling a wide variety of functions supporting two attorneys.

*         Perform office tasks such as filing, maintaining records, maintaining databases and calendars and other similar duties.

*         Prepare reports, presentations or correspondence.

*         Serve as an office information facilitator, arranging and scheduling meetings or appointments, managing projects, handling travel arrangements, performing research, and distributing information through the use of telephones, mail and e-mail.

*         Follow organizational and departmental procedures to complete tasks.

*         Assist attorneys with litigation files, including responding to and submitting discovery requests.

*         Handle special projects as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

*         Paralegal certification.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

*         Advanced computer skills including advanced knowledge of MS Office software packages.

*         Some college or university preferred.

*         Ability to set up and maintain databases.

*         Excellent communication and analytical skills.

*         Must be able to work well with stringent deadlines and possess good organizational skills.

*         Self-motivated.

*         Ability to work with minimal supervision and to use own initiative.

*         Meticulous attention to detail.

*         3+ years office experience.

This company offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. A full benefit package is available including a vacation plan, health insurance, life insurance, 401K and more.

2nd position:

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 benefit 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 application;
  • Preparing and filing appeals when Medicaid applications get denied;
  • Following up on applications and seeing them through to 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
E-mail resume and cover letter to:

Jason M. Crowder
Corporate Counsel
Petersen Companies
830 W. Trailcreek Drive
Peoria, IL 61614

Beacon Hill Legal has immediate need for litigation paralegals to fill temporary roles in well-known downtown Chicago law firms.
Candidates MUST have 3+ years’ experience working in a law firm in litigation. Current open positions are in subrogation, commercial litigation, and multi-practice litigation firms. Other areas of litigation will be considered.
These are temporary assignments expected to last from 2-3 months on average.
Compensation varies based on background and each role.
If you are interested, please email your resume and contact information to Christina Polet at ASAP!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Please DONATE or SIGN UP to RUN with us or to be a CAN SHAKER or TEAM MEMBER for ST. JUDE!

Because I can, I continue to run for those who can't. I'm running for a reason, and I need you to help me reach my fundraising goal.

It's likely WE know a child or adult who has or is suffering from cancer.  And it's likely their treatment is somehow related to a current or past development pioneered by St. Jude.

St. Jude has helped families of our STUDENTS and GRADUATES.  

Will you help me support St. Jude by donating today?

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Your donations make that possible.

Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most -- saving kids regardless of their financial situation.

St. Jude won't stop until NO child dies from cancer, and neither will I, but I need your help.

Please visit my fundraising page by clicking the link on my name below and make your DONATION today!

And if you want to run with us or shake cans the day of the run, join my team (The Pint Jockeys) on the Running Central St. Jude Run. We spend one day running through and shaking cans for donations in Peoria and it is a day you'll never forget and never regret.

Thank you for your support!
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Expectations of the Law, Student or Practitioner - As offered by Abraham Lincoln the Lawyer

I quote and share portions of the following, attributed to Abraham Lincoln in his years as a successful and ethical Illinois lawyer, a reputation he earned long before he became the 16th President.  I gained my appreciation for Lincoln the Lawyer from many conversations with one of my early mentors, the late Harlington Wood Jr., Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit from 1976 until his passing in 2008.  Judge Wood was a Lincoln scholar and he always stressed just how relevant this entire passage is to the ethical expectations for the modern lawyer, especially while attempting to meet the business challenges that come with the modern practice of law.   This passage summarizes the preamble and intent of every code of professional responsibility for lawyers.  It is always worth reading and re-reading periodically.  The 5 minutes it will take you to read and then another 15-20 you should set aside to reflect, whether you are a student of the law or a practitioner, is well worth the effort. 

I am not an accomplished lawyer. I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful. The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. 

Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done. When you bring a common-law suit, if you have the facts for doing so, write the declaration at once. If a law point be involved, examine the books, and note the authority you rely on upon the declaration itself, where you are sure to find it when wanted. The same of defenses and pleas. 

In business not likely to be litigated, -- ordinary collection cases, foreclosures, partitions, and the like, -- make all examinations of titles, and note them, and even draft orders and decrees in advance. This course has a triple advantage; it avoids omissions and neglect, saves your labor when once done, performs the labor out of court when you have leisure, rather than in court when you have not. 

Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech. And yet there is not a more fatal error to young lawyers than relying too much on speech-making. If any one, upon his rare powers of speaking, shall claim an exemption from the drudgery of the law, his case is a failure in advance.

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket? A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it.

The matter of fees is important, far beyond the mere question of bread and butter involved. Properly attended to, fuller justice is done to both lawyer and client. An exorbitant fee should never be claimed. As a general rule never take your whole fee in advance, nor any more than a small retainer. When fully paid beforehand, you are more than a common mortal if you can feel the same interest in the case, as if something was still in prospect for you, as well as for your client. And when you lack interest in the case the job will very likely lack skill and diligence in the performance. Settle the amount of fee and take a note in advance. Then you will feel that you are working for something, and you are sure to do your work faithfully and well. Never sell a fee note -- at least not before the consideration service is performed. It leads to negligence and dishonesty -- negligence by losing interest in the case, and dishonesty in refusing to refund when you have allowed the consideration to fail.

There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal. 

Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.  - Abraham Lincoln, July 1, 1850

-Professor Tom Higgins

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Supreme Court of Illinois Amends Rule 23, clarifying "What" can be Unpublished, not necessarily clearing up the confusion of Why we need to continue to Deal with the "Unpublished" Dilemma

from Professor Tom Higgins
Understanding what an “Unpublished” decisions is in Illinois or more importantly why we even have “Unpublished” decisions in Illinois has been a struggle for practitioners as well as Legal Research faculty and students.  The reality is that since 2011 Unpublished decisions were very much Published.  As a result, I have taken the position of Morris Lane Harvey in the Illinois Bar Journal article titled Let’s Get Rid of Rule 23 Orders in any conversation or class presentation I have had on this topic.  For many years now have I have argued that the adoption of the public domain system in 2011 should have allow the often mysterious or inconsistently designated  Rule 23 (e) Order decisions to be used as “persuasive authority”.  You can read the IBJ article here:

The Amended Rule 23 as filed by the Supreme Court of Illinois today doesn’t get rid of the 23 (e) dilemma.  It does, however, provide better guidance to the Appellate Courts and arguably provides expectations for practitioner as to what decisions would be appropriate for such Orders.   

We shall see how this plays out in practice and it will be interesting to see if the number of cases currently tagged “Unpublised” actually changes.  Regardless, for my current or former students, the Rule can be found here for your reading pleasure.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THE Paralegal Program for Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, Galesburg, McComb, Rock Island, Lasalle-Peru, Ottawa, Pontiac, Champaign, Bloomington, Lincoln and everywhere in between!

The Illinois Central College Paralegal programs are the only Paralegal Education choice for residents in ALL of Central Illinois.

  • ABA Approved: ICC is the ONLY community college offering American Bar Association Approved Post Degree Certificate and Associate degree Paralegal Programs in all of Central Illinois.
  • Affordable: Tuition at other institutions, Private or Public, may be as much as 4 to 5 time more expensive. If you live outside the Peoria area, and many of our students do, it is likely that ICC has an agreement in place to allow for in-district tuition rates. (Carl Sandburg, Heartland, Illinois Valley, Lincoln Land, Spoon River). Our Graduates and our current students come from all over Central Illinois because of the quality, affordability, consistency and convenience of this program.

  • Convenient: The course schedule is as Convenient as you will find from a quality Paralegal program. Five of the Ten paralegal program courses are offered partially or completely online. The remaining Paralegal courses are scheduled both day and evening at the ICC Peoria Campus.
  • Established: Our programs are well established with the people and organizations that employ Paralegals throughout Central Illinois and beyond. Our Paralegal graduates enjoy some of the Highest Paying and Most Satisfying Paralegal Jobs because they are more prepared than the graduates of other Paralegal programs to earn and keep those positions. This education and training prepares a graduate to work anywhere in the country.  Our graduates can be found working in the corporate headquarters of large corporations such as Caterpillar, State Farm and Walmart and small to very large law firms in Central Illinois and throughout the United States.   
The Illinois Central College 
Paralegal Programs
WE are THE Smart Choice!

View the Spring 2018 Schedule here

Get more information or schedule an appointment to ENROLL today by Contacting the Paralegal Programs Coordinator, Michelle Weghorst by calling 309-690-7691 or send an e-mail to: