Kyle Ann Napp
Job: Associate judge
E-mail: Through web site
Education: Roxana Senior High; B.S.B.A. in finance, banking and real estate, University of Illinois; J.D., University of Illinois
Previous offices: None
Qualifications: After law school, I worked as a prosecutor in the Madison County State's Attorney's office, dedicating myself to fighting for others and handling some of the office's toughest cases, including murder, rape, kidnapping, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, home invasion, robbery, burglary, financial exploitation of the elderly, stalking and aggravated battery to a child. During that time, in 2001, I co-founded the Madison County Child Advocacy Center, a safe place for children who have suffered or witnessed abuse to be interviewed and receive treatment and services. To date, more than 3,800 children have been helped by the CAC. In 2007, I was appointed an associate judge. I am currently assigned to the criminal division where I preside over a felony docket and oversee our nationally recognized alternative Drug Court and Mental Health Court. In 2011, I was highest-rated Madison County associate judge in the Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Advisory Survey, receiving an overall rating of 96 percent. I also believe that to be a good judge, a judge must be involved in their community. I have been involved in many local organizations including the YWCA, Wood River Woman's Club, Young Author's Program, Oasis, D.A.R.E. and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. I was honored to be named a 2007 YWCA Woman of Distinction, a 2012 Wellsprings Mental Health Hero and in 2010 named the St. Louis Rams, Georgia Frontiere Community Quarterback Volunteer of the Year.
Top issues: I think quite simply, people want judges to be judges and not politicians and that is exactly what the Illinois Code of Judicial Conduct requires. We are ethically bound to run on our experience, our qualifications and our career achievements. It is the character and qualifications of the two individuals running for judge that should be the determining factors for voters. In a non-partisan survey conducted by the ISBA, my opponent and I were rated for our integrity, legal ability and temperament. As to integrity, I received a 96 percent. As to legal ability, I received a 95 percent. As to temperament, I received a 94 percent. I treat every person who comes into my courtroom fairly, impartially and with respect. Criminal law is extremely complex and I am the only candidate with the extensive experience trying major felony cases as a prosecutor and now presiding over similar cases as a judge. I have proven through my work as a prosecutor and a judge and through my role as a community volunteer that I have the integrity, compassion, legal ability, work ethic and experience necessary for the position of circuit judge.