Hylla, Napp retained in Madison County

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 7, 2018


Madison County Chief Judge David Hylla and Circuit Judge Kyle Napp were both retained with more than 75 percent of the voters approving their retention. 

Hylla was retained by a margin of 76 to 24 percent. 

Napp was retained by a margin of 76.5 to 23.5 percent. 

There were five more voters casting ballots in Napp’s retention race with 90,612 total votes versus 90,607 total votes in Hylla’s race. 

Hylla was elected circuit judge in 2006 and was elected chief circuit judge in 2013. 

Hylla was also selected as the vice-chairman of the Illinois Conference of Chief Circuit Judges in 2014. 

Hylla earned his law degree from St. Louis University Law School in 1985. Following graduation, he worked as a city attorney for Madison and Venice, Madison County special public defender and counsel for service Employees International Union Local 98. 

Hylla serves as the chairman of the Illinois Supreme Court’s first e-Business Policy Advisory Board created in 2014 after he was Chair of the Illinois Judicial Conference’s Committee on Automation and Technology. Hylla also serves on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinating Committee, Special Advisory Committee on Justice and Mental Health Planning and Commission on Access to Justice’s Steering Committee for JusticeCorps.

Napp was appointed an associate judge in 2007 and was later elected circuit judge in 2012. 

Napp is currently assigned to the Criminal Felony Division and is the presiding judge of the Mental Health and Drug Alternative Treatment Courts. 

Napp is a co-founder of the Madison County Child Advocacy Center.

She earned her juris doctor from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1992. Following graduation, she worked as a Madison County assistant state’s attorney until her appointment to the bench. 

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