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.
Victim Witness Specialist
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
District 4 - Maywood Courthouse
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 2019 Award was presented to:
Victim Witness Specialist
Victim Advocate/Police Liaison
Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office
THE IMPACT ON LIVES
Linda Hagemann began her career with the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office in 1979 and transferred to the State’s Attorney’s Office the following year. Since 1980, Linda has worked in many divisions, including the Child Support Unit, the DUI Unit, and the Felony Unit. She has also worked with victims of violent crimes, domestic abuse, and on January 2018 she was assigned as the Victim Advocate on traffic-related cases with injuries or death. Ms. Hagemann has been the Police Liaison with the office since 2006 and enjoys fostering a good working relationship with the police department’s, officers and the office.
Linda has a strong commitment to helping people that are going through very emotionally difficult times. The court system can be very intimidating to those that deal with it every day but far more intimidating to those who should never have to deal with the system but find themselves here throughout no fault of their own. Linda’s knowledge of both the felony and misdemeanor courtrooms and over 39 years of experience has helped to ease a lot of the fears that families feel as they walk through the doors of the courthouse. Linda has a passion for helping victims, families, and witnesses on some of their darkest days. Linda is often calm on a stormy day. Additionally, Linda provides support to the prosecuting attorneys by helping victims understand the court process and being present every step of the way to the end of a case. Despite being the emotional support for the victims who are going through such a difficult time, Linda comes to work every day with a smile and can often be heard telling a joke or making someone else smile.
Linda’s motto is, “Touch as many Lives as you can today because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. “ Linda strives to make everyone that comes in as a stranger leave here as a friend. Linda believes that you meet some awesome people throughout some of the most difficult times and it is so important to let them know that they have a voice and that their loved ones matter as do they.
Linda has a passion for service and giving. Her parents were her best teachers and mentors. Linda has been honored over the years with several awards, including the President’s Award by the Kane County Chief’s of Police in both 2004 and in 2016, Employee of the Year for the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office in 2012, Flame of Hope award for outstanding Volunteer for Law Enforcement for Special Olympics in 2010, the Joseph M. Burke Award for outstanding professionalism and Dedicated Service in 2016 awarded by the Batavia Police Department, and Volunteer of the Year for Ronald McDonald House in 2016.
Linda and her husband, Scott, have been married for 36 years, have 3 beautiful daughters, 3 awesome sons-in-law, and a grandson on the way. Linda loves to spend time with her family and friends, work outside in her yard, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House and spends a lot of time volunteering with Special Olympics.
We are proud to award Linda with the Diane Mains Award. Respectfully submitted by AAIM Victim Advocates
Maria Collazo grew up in the Cicero neighborhood on the southwest side in Cicero, Illinois. In 1992, at the age 19, she starting working for the Attorney General’s office in the crime victim’s bureau. For seven years she assisted victims of violent crimes, making sure they understood their rights, the court process and helped families apply for crime victim’s financial compensation. In 1998, she moved forward beginning a long term career at the state’s attorney office as a victim-witness specialist. During the past 20 years, she continues to strive and assist victims and their families of violent crimes. Maria is currently assigned to the Maywood Courthouse, District 4.
We are proud to award Maria with the Diane Mains Award.Respectfully submitted by AAIM Victim Advocates