Prosecutors dropped the domestic battery case against Tio Hardiman after his wife said she no longer wanted to press charges Tuesday.
The ex-director of Ceasefire Illinois says he is committed to repairing his marriage and reviving his career.
“I was totally surprised,” said Hardiman. “I’m grateful that my wife stepped up.”
In May, Hardiman was arrested at his Hillside home and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. At the time, an attorney for Hardiman’s wife alleged Tio had beat his wife “like an animal.”
Hardiman lost his high-profile job at Ceasefire. He says he is still angry about his firing, but is open to continuing his work with the organization.
“I need people to know, I’m not a hypocrite. I’m not a guy that’s preaching peace in the daytime and then at night I’m doing something contrary,” said Hardiman. He said he wants to continue working as an activist on issues related to gangs, guns, animal rights, and domestic violence. He is also considering a run for public office.