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Two Kane prosecutors named associate judges

Updated: February 7, 2013 6:36AM

Two Kane County assistant state’s attorneys were named this week as associate judges in the 16th Judicial Circuit.

Elizabeth Flood, 42, and Alice Tracy, 53, were appointed by 16th Circuit judges. They were selected from a field of 36 candidates.

Kane State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said Friday that Flood and Tracy are highly respected in the state’s attorney’s office.

“This is a great day personally and professionally for Alice Tracy and Betsy Flood to each realize a dream to become a judge,” McMahon said. “... They have good temperament, are committed to fairness, and have the utmost respect for the law and the right of victims and defendants, alike.”

At the state’s attorney’s office, Tracy was head of the felony trial bureau, handling high-profile murder cases and complex assault cases, McMahon said. She has been an attorney for 25 years.

Flood has worked in nearly every role in the office, bringing “a rich, diverse background to the bench,” McMahon said. She served as head of the civil trials division. Flood has been an attorney for 17 years.

She joined the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office in 1995, briefly leaving the office in 2001. She was assigned to the office’s civil division later that year.

Tracy first joined the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1991, spent four years in the DeKalb State’s Attorney’s Office, then returned to the Kane office in 2005.

A Kane County native, Flood received her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tracy received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Flood and Tracy will be assigned to a branch court in Aurora, Elgin or St. Charles.

Associate judges are appointed to four-year terms, circuit judges are elected.

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