Tom Higgins

This is the page for Tom Higgins, Professor, Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies at Illinois Central College.

I am in the above photo, front row to the right.  I am a proud ICC and first-generation college graduate. I earned my AAS in Police Science in 1985.   This photo was taken outside Dirksen Hall during a break between classes.  

The gentleman seated in the center of this group of now retired or near retired public servants is our mentor, Roy "Doc" Wright.  Doc was the person responsible for founding or facilitating the development of most of the all Public Service programs currently or formerly offered at the college. My office mate, Professor Nick Graff, is also an ICC Police Science grad and a Doc Wright disciple.   

Contact Information:
Tom Higgins
Professor of Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies
President of the Faculty Forum
Illinois Central College
Office: Poplar Hall 116, Peoria Campus

The most efficient and sure method of contacting me is by e-mail to:

Office Hours: 

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 7-8:30 a.m. Virtual
Tuesday - 12:30-1 p.m., 2:15-2:30 p.m., 3:45-4 p.m., 6:30-7 p.m.
Thursday - 6:30-7 p.m., 8:15-8:30 p.m., 9:45-10 p.m.

*Virtual Office Hours are conducted with one or a combination online, e-mail, or 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, Police Science 1985


City of Peoria, Vice-Chair, Fire and Police Commission 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