Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Product Compliance Analyst

Job Summary
The Product Compliance Analyst is responsible for drafting policy forms and wording for new products while maintaining compliance with state/federal laws.  The Product Compliance Analyst also interacts with Insurance Departments and acts as liaison with necessary internal staff (actuarial, legal, sales, etc.) to secure approval of new products.

Primary Responsibilities

·         Coordinates state variations and draft policy forms
·         Files forms in a timely and accurate manner
·         Monitors state reporting
·         Prepares reports and collect  data on state variations
·         Drafts and files contracts for most complex new products and those requiring the most research.
·         Ensures regulatory compliance and interacts with Insurance Departments to secure approval of most complex new products
·         Works with product implementation/administration area to ensure correct implementation of approved products
·         Directly responds to complex and extensive State Department of Insurance objections and participates in State Dept. of Insurance audits; manages department responses to all objections
·         Acts as compliance liaison to resolve conflicts between internal Company departments and State Department of Insurance
·         Researches insurance regulations and statues both pending and enacted
·         Coordinates with underwriting, administration, systems, to respond to Insurance department objections and works with advertising, product management, product implementation and actuarial to ensure smooth and timely implementation of new products

Job Qualifications
·         Bachelors degree required[*]
·         Prior research experience and/or training required; paralegal certificate strongly preferred
·         Insurance industry and/or compliance experience a strong plus
·         Knowledge of SERFF preferred
·         Knowledge of life and disability insurance or industry designations preferred
·         Strong initiative
·         Exceptional attention to detail and analytical aptitude
·         Ability to work under pressure and remain focused
·         Excellent problem solving, organization and time management skills
·         Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
·         Proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills
·         Career-oriented; Self-motivated
·         Proficient computer skills including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and general Internet
       Please direct resumes and cover letters to Melissa Cline @ hr@illinoismutual.com.

[*] College or university must be sufficiently accredited and listed in the U.S. Department of Education Accreditation Directory.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Register for Spring and Summer 2019 Classes!

Spring and Summer 2019 Registration is NOW Open

Paralegal is a one of the Career fields that is projected to continue to grow at a record pace. We are THE Choice for Paralegal Education in all of Central Illinois! Our Spring 2019 Schedule of courses is available NOW at: https://icc.edu/academics/class-schedule/

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Title Searcher - Closer, Pekin, Illinois

Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., a law firm celebrating over 50 years of providing exceptional legal services, is seeking a support staff member to join our practice.

Our full-service title insurance company is seeking a new title searcher/closer. 

You do not need experience in these fields, rather you will be fully trained in our procedures.  We are looking for an employee with an interest in real estate who is a meticulous, has strong math and problem solving skills, and 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.  Please apply by sending your resume and three professional references in confidence to Attorney Brigette Lobacz

Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., 410 Broadway, P.O. Box 875, Pekin, Illinois 61554-0875 or blobacz@msandllegal.com

Monday, October 29, 2018

Registration for Spring 2019 Classes begins on November 5th!

Spring and Summer Semester Class Registration Begins Nov. 5th.  The first day of Spring 2019 Semester is Monday January 14th.

Contact us today and get enrolled in THE CHOICE for Paralegal Education in Central Illinois

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Corporate Paralegal Position, Springfield, Illinois

Paralegal Position - Springfield Illinois

* Research and analyze law sources including statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions, and legal codes.
* Review and assist attorneys in the preparation of legal papers and documents.
* Provide direct administrative support for litigation management.
* Maintain compliance with state laws relating to service of process.
* Administer the subpoena process.
* Assist with Corporate Secretary duties and required filings and affirmations.
* Assist with budget planning and reporting for the Law Division.
* Assist AVP, Law Operations with operational reports and SEC filings associated with Insider Trading.
* Assist with ethics and compliance programs.

Horace Mann Educators Corporation

Horace Mann was founded in 1945 by two teachers who saw the need for quality, affordable auto insurance for teachers. Since then, we've broadened our mission to helping all educators protect what they have today and prepare for a successful tomorrow. And with our broadened mission has come corporate growth: We serve more than 4,100 school districts nationwide, we're publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: HMN) and we have nearly $10 billion in assets.
As a leading insurance and financial services company focused on meeting the evolving need of public K-12 teachers, we are growing rapidly and have a number of exciting positions available right now. For more information, visit the Horace Mann website at www.horacemann.com

* Associate's degree in Paralegal Studies or its equivalent.
* 2-5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
* Experience with Insurance & Financial Services business preferred.

Must be eligible to work in the United States without Employer Sponsorship. Direct Hire Only

Send Resume and Letter of Introduction as pdf file to:

Legal Secretary

Legal Secretary - Seeking individual with excellent clerical and telephone skills; Proficient in Word and document generating programs; Experience required, benefits; email resume to gwood@htwlawyers.com or mail to Hartweg, Turner, Wood & DeVary, P.C. 207 W. Jefferson St., Ste. 400, Bloomington, IL 61701

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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.
Please e-mail cover letters and resumes directly to:
Jason M. Crowder
Corporate Counsel
Petersen Companies
830 W. Trailcreek Drive
Peoria, IL 61614

The Pleasure Driveway and Park District
of Peoria, Illinois

October 15, 2018
Job Opening – Police Division
Park Police Sergeant


The Peoria Park District is dedicated to its mission: We contribute to a healthy and vibrant Peoria community by responsibly using our District resources to offer high quality parks and recreation experiences to those who live, work and play in our District.


In collaboration and under the supervision of the Chief of Park Police, the Park Police Sergeant is responsible for a number of specific tasks as outlined below under responsibilities.

·          Assessing the work needs to formulate specific Field Training Officer training schedules and record keeping.
·          Ensuring that officers under your command are in compliance with all departmental directives, general orders and procedures.
·          In cooperation with the Chief of Park Police, assigning officers to specific tasks and duties as the need arises.
·          Directing assigned personnel and activities of the department in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances of the Park District, city, county and state when directed by the Chief of Park Police or the Executive Director of Parks and Recreation.
·          Aiding in the preparation and filing of detailed reports concerning the activities and administrative function of the Park Police Department.
·          Assisting the Chief of Park Police in the preparation and control of the Police Fund annual operating budget.
·          Engaging in patrol functions that may include working rotating shifts, foot patrol and physically checking doors and windows of buildings to ensure security.
·          Patrolling and surveillance of park properties, facilities and buildings.
·          Completing or causing to be completed, all criminal and non-criminal park police reports.
·          Following all safety procedures established by the District and supporting all aspects of the safety program.
·          Performing all other duties as assigned.

·          Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Parks and Recreation or a conservation related field. Must successfully complete state mandatory basic training requirement prescribed by the Illinois Training and Standard Board. Extensive experience may be substituted for all or part of the education requirement under special circumstances.  PTI preferred.
·          Minimum of five years’ experience in law enforcement field, preferably with some supervisory experience.
·          Must be in excellent physical and mental health with the ability to successfully complete periodic physical examinations.
·          No criminal history. No conviction for Driving under the Influence or Reckless Operation of a Vehicle. No history of driver’s license suspension or revocation.
·          Must have thorough knowledge and understanding of law enforcement administration and community relations and sound philosophy of law enforcement in a recreational setting.  Thorough knowledge of IL Criminal Code, IL Juvenile Court Act, IL Vehicle Code, and park, city and county ordinances.

·          Outstanding benefit package to include:
o    Paid sick days, vacation days and holidays.
o    Longevity bonus programs and wellness programs.
o    Pension and retirement programs and Social Security participating.
o    Exceptional health plan.
o    Paid Life Insurance.
o    Disability Insurance.
o    Full-time employees and dependents enjoy discounted recreation classes and free admission to select Park District facilities.
·          Salary: $47,000 - $52,000 annually.
·          Must be able to work evenings and weekends.
·          While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

How to Apply: Complete an online application at peoriaparks.aaimtrack.com/jobs/ or view Employment Opportunities in the “Join Our Team” section at www.peoriaparks.org.  Applicants may submit a resume’, but to be fully considered for this position an online application must be completed.  While we appreciate all submissions, due to high volume, only those applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted.  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

The Peoria Park District hires without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge from military service, or disability to perform the tasks of the job.  All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Legal Assistant/Receptionist

Hanauer Law Office, LLC, Twin Towers Mall, 456 Fulton Street, Suite 200.  General Practice.  Seeking individual with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Individual should be detailed-oriented, have good interpersonal skills, possess multi-tasking and organizational skills.  Good telephone and writing skills important.  The individual must be able to work in a professional environment and maintain strict confidentiality concerning clients and operations.  Duties vary and include, but are not limited to, preparation and e-filing of legal correspondence, pleading and forms;  screening clients;  case management;  scheduling appointments and receptionist duties.  Hours needed are Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Compensation will start at $10.00 per hour.  Those interested should submit a letter of interest, updated resume, or brief statement of their qualifications to Rob Hanauer at the above address or via e-mail at rob@hanauerlaw.com or by letter at the above-mentioned address.

Monday, October 08, 2018

It's time to Plan for your Career as a Paralegal! The Spring and Summer 2019 Course Schedule is Available

Paralegal is a one of the Career fields that is projected to continue to grow at a record pace. We are THE Choice for Paralegal Education in all of Central Illinois! Our Spring 2019 Schedule of courses is available NOW at: https://icc.edu/academics/class-schedule/

Friday, September 28, 2018

Please Help Us Assess the Vitality and Need for our Paralegal Programs

Illinois Central College is assessing the Vitality and continued Need for our Paralegal Programs. In addition, we are preparing for an American Bar Association site visit in our most recent re-approval process.  The Illinois Central College Paralegal Program offers an American Bar Association approved Paralegal Degree and a Post Degree Certificate.  The program has been in existence since 1989 and ABA approved since 1992.   

Several Central Illinois lawyers, law firms and employers of Paralegals have provided feedback concerning the need for our programs throughout Central Illinois.  These employers include sole practitioners, small, medium and large law firms, legal departments at Fortune 50 corporations and governmental offices all across Central Illinois. 

We need Central Illinois lawyers and employers of Paralegals to assist us in a small way and we would like our students and graduates employed as Paralegals to share this request.

Will you please take a few moments to complete this short online survey or forward this message and the survey link to whomever hires Paralegals in your office?  Additionally, in the last section seeking comments, could you offer any specific thoughts on your needs or the legal communities need for our Paralegal Programs?  

Thank you for your time.  We use this information to constantly improve what we provide to students who have found valuable and rewarding employment as Paralegals in this region.  We also look forward to your input as to the need for us to continue to do so.

Employers Come to US, You Should Come to US to be prepared for YOUR Paralegal CAREER

Our program Advisory Board, consisting of the persons responsible for hiring Paralegals at employers large and small, tell us their success depends on an ability to hire OUR graduates. They project that need to not only continue but to INCREASE.  We NEED Students interested in rewarding CAREERS in the LAW in order to meet the needs of the LAW FIRMS big and small and Corporate Law Offices of Fortune 100 employers throughout Central Illinois.  We have graduates working in Rock Island, Galesburg, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Ubrbana, Lasalle-Peru, the Peoria Area and beyond. Employers come to US first because we are THE CHOICE for Paralegal Education in all of Central Illinois. If you or someone you know is interested in a career in the law and how our program can get you there, contact me and I will answer any and all questions.
Tom Higgins

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Unhappy in your Current Job? Convert your College Degree into a Career in the Law

Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 14% faster that the projections for Attorneys.  If you have a college degree and you have an interest in pursuing a career in the law, think about being a Paralegal and contact us for information on THE CHOICE in Paralegal Education in Central Illinois

Saturday, September 08, 2018

The Future for PARALEGAL CAREERS is BRIGHT and WE have THE BEST OPTIONS to get YOU there!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program:
Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, they are expected to hire more paralegals and legal assistants. In these cases, paralegals and legal assistants can take on a “hybrid” role within the firm, performing not only traditional paralegal duties but also some of the tasks previously assigned to legal secretaries or other legal support workers.
Law firms also are attempting to reduce billing costs as clients push for less expensive legal services. Due to their lower billing rates to clients, paralegals can be a less costly alternative to lawyers, performing a wide variety of tasks once done by entry-level lawyers. This should cause an increase in demand for paralegals and legal assistants.
Although law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, many large corporations are increasing their in-house legal departments to cut costs. For many companies, the high cost of outside counsel makes it more economical to have an in-house legal department. This will lead to an increase in the demand for legal workers in a variety of settings, such as finance and insurance firms, consulting firms, and healthcare providers.
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Do you have an Interest in the Law or a desire to learn more about a Career in the Law?

If so, our Online Introduction to Paralegal course may be for you.

This course introduces the role of a Paralegal in the legal  system with an informative overview of the skills and expectations of this career.

This course is offered Online.  ICC Paralegal courses are unique from other online courses in that each is supported by weekly Podcasts from Professor Tom Higgins. Professor Higgins is also one of the most accessible instructors in an effort to fully support all students enrolled in any of his courses, online, hybrid or traditional.   

While this course has all of the typical expectations (assignments, deadlines, grades), students who recently completed this course with Professor Higgins offered a sincere appreciation for the course design and a method of presentation that allows the student to focus on the primary intent of the course, an introduction to and a better understanding of this career field.​

Classes begin August 20th. Some Seats are still available
Call 309-690-7691 to Enroll

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Illinois Central College Paralegal Programs WE are THE Smart Choice! Enroll Today!

We have openings in the Program and we have Jobs out there and waiting. If you live in the Central part of the State of Illinois and you have a passion or desire to work with the law, we have THE program for you.

The Illinois Central College Paralegal programs are the BEST optoins for  Paralegal Education in ALL of Central Illinois.

  • ABA Approved: ICC is the oldest American Bar Association Approved Post Degree Certificate and Associate degree Paralegal Programs in 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. Most employers advertise with us and us ONLY. Our Paralegal graduates enjoy some of the Highest Paying and Most Satisfying Paralegal Jobs because they are better prepared than the graduates of other Paralegal programs to earn and keep those positions. Our education and training prepares a graduate to work assisting a lawyer 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 Fall 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: michelle.weghorst@icc.edu

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