Tom Higgins

Contact Information: The most efficient way to reach me is via e-mail at: Once we have connected via e-mail we can make arrangements to meet in person, talk by telephone or by other available forms of communication.  My assigned office is Room 116 of Poplar Hall, at the North Campus and my assigned telephone is 309-690-7693.  My office phone 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

Office Hours: 
Monday 6:30-7:30 a.m. Virtual, 9-9:30, 10:45-11 a.m.,12:15-12:30 p.m. Poplar Hall Room 116
Tuesday  6:30-7:30 a.m. Virtual,5:30-6 p.m. in Poplar Hall Room 116
Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 a.m. Virtual, 9-9:30, 10:45-11 a.m.,12:15-12:30 p.m. Poplar Hall Room 116
Thursday  6:30-7:30 a.m. Virtual
Friday 6:30-7:30 a.m. Virtual

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 of Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies 1996 to Present

Alternative Dispute Resolution/Administrative Hearing Officer 1996 to Present

Private Practice of Law 1990-1996


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.

Courses I have Taught at Illinois Central College:

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

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

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