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Tracy, Flood appointed as new judges

Published: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 2:18 p.m. CDT

Two assistant state’s attorneys have been appointed as the county’s newest judges.

Friday, Alice Tracy and Elizabeth Flood were appointed to the bench in the 16th Judicial Circuit after the judges serving in the county voted for them.

The selection from among a field of 36 candidates was announced by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts in Springfield and the Office of the Chief Judge of the 16th Circuit.

Tracy, 53, has practiced law for 25 years, including 17 years in two stints at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, separated by four years as a prosecutor in DeKalb County from 2001 to 2005. Tracy most recently served as head of the felony trial bureau at the Kane state’s attorney’s office.

Tracy received her law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1987, and now is a member of the Kane County Bar Association. She also serves as a board member at Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue in Sycamore.

Flood, 42, has practiced law for 17 years, almost entirely as an assistant Kane County state’s attorney.

She now serves in that office’s civil division, with specializations in civil litigation, torts and civil rights. She briefly served in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in 2001.

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Law School and a member of the Kane County Bar Association.

Flood and Tracy were rated as “recommended” for judicial appointments last year by the county bar association.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said Tracy and Flood were “highly respected” in the state’s attorney’s office and county courtrooms.

McMahon noted their “good temperament,” “professionalism,” “work ethic” and “utmost respect for the law and the rights of victims and defendants, alike.”

“This has been a dream of theirs for a long time,” McMahon said. “It’s nice to see them achieve it.

“I know they will make a tremendous contribution to the bench here in Kane County.”

Tracy and Flood will be assigned to a branch court location in Aurora, Elgin or St. Charles, and will begin hearing cases at the end of January, according to a statement from Chief Judge Judith Brawka.

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