Found this on the Starved Rock site – hiking tips:
One Way to Remove a Tick
Here is a good way to get ticks off you, your children or your pets. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This is much less traumatic for the patient and easier to administer.