Frances Cain of the 13th Judicial Circuit Probation Department, was awarded the Robert E. Burdine Probation Officer of the Year award on Oct. 18 by the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association.
This award is presented to the line officer who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has exemplified the highest standards of the profession by the specific accomplishments and/or contributions to his/her department.
Cain is a graduate of Illinois Valley Community College and the University of Illinois-Springfield, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. She held several positions in Springfield before deciding to return to the area in which she grew up.
Cain’s employment with the 13th Judicial Circuit began in 2000 when she accepted a position at the LaSalle County Detention Home as a supervisor. On Feb. 5, 2001, she transferred to the probation department and began her job for which she is best known, adult probation officer. She became the department’s first administrative officer and handles a caseload of well over 300 clients and is tasked with writing the majority of the pre-sentence investigations ordered in LaSalle County. She also supervises intra/interstate transfer cases, warrant cases, record checks, and all first-time drug offender specialized probation cases.
Cain also serves on the LaSalle County Safety Committee. In 2007, she was awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the Safety Committee in recognition of her success and professional achievement in promoting greater safety attitudes and awareness.