Tom Higgins

This is the page for Tom Higgins, Professor, Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies.  

I was once an ICC student.  That is me, wearing the light blue t-shirt, circa 1984 outside Dirksen Hall at the former Dingeldine Campus of Illinois Central College.  The gentleman seated in the center of this group of now retired or near retired public servants is our teacher and mentor, Roy "Doc" Wright.  

Doc is the person responsible for founding or facilitating all of the Public Services programs formerly or currently offered at the college. My office mate and Criminal Justice Internship co-instructor, Professor Graff, is also an ICC and Doc Wright disciple.  Professor Graff and I and all ICC Public Services faculty and staff hope to honor Doc Wright by bringing the same level of passion he had for our programs and courses and we work hard to give you the same effort he put into seeing us succeed.     

If you have a question about our programs or one of my courses, don't hesitate to contact me. 
The most efficient way to reach me outside of class or office hours is via e-mail at: My assigned office is Room 116 of Poplar Hall, at the Peoria Campus. My office phone (309-690-7693) rings to my cell phone. If I do not answer, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I am able to do so.  If I am not in my office, I may already be assisting a student so check the classroom listed below.

Current Office Hours: 

Monday - Thursday 7-8 a.m. Virtual
Monday 5-6 p.m. in my Office or Poplar 130
Tuesday and Thursday 9-9:30 a.m., 10:45-11 a.m in my Office or Poplar 127
Tuesday- 5-6 p.m. in my Office or Poplar 103

*Virtual Office Hours are conducted with one or a combination of online, e-mail or by telephone.


University of Illinois Urbana Champaign-Master of Online Teaching Certificate 2000

The John Marshall Law School-Juris Doctor 1990

Bradley University-BS, Administration of Criminal Justice 1987

Illinois Central College-AAS, Law Enforcement 1985


City of Peoria, Fire and Police Commissioner 2012 to Present

Illinois Central College, Professor, 1996 to Present; served as Paralegal Program Director, 1996-2007

Administrative Hearing Officer, appointed to serve in Peoria, Pekin, East Peoria, Creve Couer and Marquette Heights 1996 to Present

Attorney-Private Practice of Law 1990-1996

Also gained valuable on the job experience in various criminal justice and law related positions while earning my formal education prior to 1990, including: Illinois Central College Public Safety (now Campus Police); Northwestern University Police Department; working for Chicago law firms; Research Assistant to John Marshall Law School Dean Gil Johnston; and the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Criminal Appeals Division.


Driving Under the Influence in Illinois, 22 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 551 (1991)

Motions in Limine: Use and Consequences in Illinois, 26 J. Marshall L. Rev. 305 (1993)

Utilization of Paralegals in Illinois: The secret to a more efficient and profitable law practice (printed and re-printed in various Illinois State Bar Association publications and local and State bar association Continuing Legal Education materials)

Various Continuing Legal Education program materials for Peoria County, Illinois State Bar Association and private CLE provider programs.

Some of the Courses taught since 1996 at Illinois Central College:

Crj 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Crj 111 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Crj 118 Juvenile Deliquency
Crj 201 Criminal Justice Internship
Crj 225 Criminal Law
Crj 226 Criminal Law and Procedure
Crj227 Administration of Justice
Crj 230 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Crj 255 Independent Study in Criminal Justice

Prlgl 110 Introduction to Paralegal
Prlgl 112 Legal Research I
Prlgl 113 Legal Research II
Prlgl 114 Family Law
Prlgl 115 Wills, Trusts and Estates
Prlgl 116 Civil Litigation
Prlgl 117 Administrative Law
Prlgl 118 Law Office Management
Prlgl 120 Medical Terminology for Paralegals
Prlgl 121 Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals
Prlgl 215 Business Organizations
Prlgl 260 Paralegal Internship

Bus 115 Business Law I
Bus 116 Business Law II
Bus 215 Legal Environment of Business
Rslt 230 Real Estate Law

Phyed 110 Basketball
Phyed 122 Advanced Basketball
Phyed 140 Physical Conditioning
Phyed 145 Advanced Physical Conditioning
Phyed 149 Weight Training
Phyed 162 Advanced Weight Training