Illinois Jaycees Honor Emge As 2018 Illinois Outstanding Young Person

Judge Dan Emge speaking to students at Nashville Middle School for Red Ribbon Week.

The Illinois Jaycees selected the Honorable Daniel J. Emge as an honoree of its Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois awards program.
The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) program annually recognizes young people throughout Illinois who excel in their chosen fields, endeavors and show a great commitment to their respective communities. Emge, 37, is being recognized in the category of Political, legal and/or governmental affairs.
Elected in 2012 at the age of 31, Emge serves in the 20th Judicial Circuit as Resident Circuit Judge of Washington County, Illinois. At the time of his election, he was one of the youngest Circuit Judges serving in the State of Illinois. He has since been appointed to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court Legislative Committee and the 20th Judicial Circuit Exploratory Committee on Judicial Drug Testing. Judge Emge was also instrumental in developing and implementing the “Pathway to Recovery Program”, an intensive probation program for non-violent offenders that have a substance use dependence, in Washington and Perry Counties.
Prior to taking the bench, Emge served as a township trustee of Oakdale Township from 2009 to 2012. He also served on the Oakdale Grade School (District #1) Board from 2007-2012, serving as its president from 2011-2012.
In addition to his public service, Judge Emge has organized and participated in numerous presentations to community organizations and schools on the effect drugs and drug abuse has on the community. He currently serves as a member and on the leadership committee of the Southern Illinois Substance Abuse Alliance. Judge Emge is also a member of the Illinois Judges Association and has presented its in-school awareness programs “7 Reasons to Leave the Party” and “Worries of the World Wide Web” multiple times to schools in the 20th Judicial Circuit. He has also presented many times to local student groups on the judiciary’s role as a branch of government. Emge is a past president of the Addieville Area Jaycees. Emge resides near Oakdale, Illinois, with his wife, Sara, and three daughters, ages 10, 5, and 3.
Judge Emge earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from Parks College of Engineering and Aviation at Saint Louis University and his Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law.
“It is truly an honor to be selected by the Illinois Jaycees as a recipient of the 2018 TOYP award”, said Emge. “The accomplishments and credentials of the TOYP recipients, both past and present, are extraordinary, and it is such a tribute and privilege to be named among them.”
The Illinois Jaycees will recognize this year’s honorees at an awards banquet on May 12, 2018 at the Wyndham Springfield-City Centre. The event is supported by friends and employers of the honorees, local Jaycee organizations, Illinois businesses and the Illinois Jaycees Charitable Foundation. Friends, local businesses and organizations can offer congratulations to the honoree and support the program by purchasing space in the banquet program.
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