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The Diane Mains Award For
OUTSTANDING VICTIM WITNESS ASSISTANCE


AAIM developed an award in memory of Diane Mains to be presented to a State's Attorney Victim Witness Assistance Representative for outstanding dedication to the needs of impaired driving crash victims and their families.


​The 2020 Award was presented to: 

Patricia grew up in the Chicago Land area.  She went to  DuPage college, where she graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree and then went on to the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  Patricia has been working in the Victim Witness Unit at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for the last 13 years, working with victims and witnesses of violent crime as well as their families.  She mostly works with families on felony cases, including homicide, reckless homicide, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Patricia is happily married and enjoys traveling and hiking.

We are proud to award Patricia with the Diane Mains Award.
Respectfully submitted by AAIM Victim Advocates


Patricia Burns

​Victim Witness Specialist 
Victim Advocate/Police Liaison 
Markham Court House

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The Diane Mains Award For Outstanding 
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AAIM developed an award in memory of Diane Mains to be presented to a State’s Attorney’s Victim Witness Assistance Representative for outstanding dedication to the needs of impaired driving crash victims and their families. Diane Mains, an AAIM victim advocate, died unexpectedly after heart surgery in August 2006. The recipient of this award will be determined each year by AAIM victim advocates. 

Diane’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Caitlin, was killed by a drunk driver a week before her high school graduation in 2003. Diane turned her horrific sorrow into action by volunteering for AAIM and speaking at Victim Impact Panels to court DUI offenders. These panels are one way that crash victims and their families work to educate arrested drunk drivers about the impact of drinking and driving tragedies. Diane also spoke to high school students throughout the area as part of AAIM’s pre-prom prevention programs. Ultimately, Diane became a part-time victim advocate for AAIM in 2005 and was instrumental in developing a working relationship with the McHenry and Lake County State’s Attorneys.

 In all of her efforts, Diane championed the cause of justice for the victims of impaired driving crashes. In honor and memory of Diane, AAIM is pleased to present the Diane Mains Award to acknowledge outstanding courtroom work assisting the victims of these crimes.