About

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Raised in Elgin, graduate of Larkin High School

B.S. in Finance from University of Illinois College of Commerce (Urbana-Champaign)

J.D. with honors from University of Illinois College of Law

PROFESSIONAL  EXPERIENCE:

Teaching assistant for Business Law while a law student at University of Illinois.

Interned at the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office while in law school.

Hired in 1995 with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office:

       –7 years in the criminal division in traffic, misdemeanor, DUI, abuse/neglect, delinquency mental health, and felony courtrooms, including two years assigned to the Kane County Child Advocacy Center prosecuting cases of serious physical and sexual abuse against children, and supervising attorney in a felony drug courtroom.

       –Transferred to the civil division in 2001 advising public officials on employment, election, zoning, and other legal issues and representing employees in litigation in federal, state and appellate courts. 

Appointed as an Associate Judge in January, 2013; has overseen high-volume traffic and misdemeanor courtrooms, has presided over bond call, civil proceedings, and felony hearings, and has been assigned to the Family Division hearing divorce and family matters for the past two years. 

Highly rated in the 2015 I.S.B.A. Judiciary Advisory Poll in the areas of Integrity, Impartiality, Legal Ability, Temperament, Court Management, Health, Sensitivity to Diversity, and overall qualifications for office.

COMMUNITY:

Member of Baker United Methodist Church for nearly 20 years; taught Sunday school with husband Steve for three years.

Family contributes volunteer efforts at local shelters and food banks.

Volunteers time as a judge to give school presentations to elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Kane County on mock trials, the dangers of drug and alcohol use, and internet safety.

Regular volunteer for the local high school Mock Trial Competition held at the Kane County Judicial Center, both as an evaluator and as a judge. 

Presented at an annual Boy Scouts Merit Badge Day at the Kane County Judicial Center.

PERSONAL/HOME LIFE:

Has lived in Saint Charles for almost 20 years.

Married to Steve for 22 years; two daughters ages 10 and 14. 

Runner who has completed seven ½ marathons in the Fox Valley Marathon. 

When not in court, Judge Flood enjoys spending time with friends and family and being active outside with her children.

Dedicated:

Raised in Kane County, and has stayed here to work and live with her family.

-22 years in public service and the courtrooms of Kane County. 

-Married for 22 years to husband Steve.

-Regularly volunteers both privately with community organizations and publicly by giving presentations to students in an effort to educate them to make safer choices and understand how the judicial system works. 

Experienced:

-Only candidate with extensive experience in both criminal and civil courtrooms, as both a prosecutor and defending clients. 

-Has appeared on behalf of clients in State, Federal, and Appellate courts. 

-Litigated traffic, misdemeanor, juvenile, employment, property damage, personal injury, election, civil rights, and contract cases.

-Member of the Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois for ten years.

-Argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Second District Appellate Court.

-Five years of Judicial experience in traffic, misdemeanor, and family courtrooms.

Thoughtful:

A bachelor degree in Finance allows a better understanding of many issues which arise in court.

Judge Flood has extensive experience with child and family issues including working in abuse and neglect courtrooms, prosecuting cases of child physical and sexual abuse, and presiding as a judge in divorce court hearing family issues. 

-Prior experience as both a prosecutor and defending clients gives a perspective for both sides of a case and an understanding of evidentiary issues at trial.

Fair: 

Highly rated in the 2015 I.S.B.A. Judiciary Advisory Poll in the areas of Integrity, Impartiality, Legal Ability, Temperament, Court Management, Health, Sensitivity to Diversity, and overall qualifications for office.