Illinois CeaseFire director due in bond court today

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The director of the anti-violence program CeaseFire is due in bond court today, after being charged with domestic violence.

For years he’s been one of Chicago’s leading voices against gang violence.

Hardiman, 50, was taken into custody at about 9 a.m. Friday. His wife came to the police station in Hillside, Ill. at 8 a.m. with signs of injury, police say, and filed a formal complaint against him. Sources tell WGN he kicked his wife in the rear.

His organization, CeaseFire, receives state funding to send out violence interrupters to mediate gang conflicts in neighborhoods throughout the city. Hardiman is seen as the pioneer of the violence interrupter concept.  Last fall, CeaseFire received its first contract with the city — a $1 million grant as gun violence was skyrocketing.

Cook County records show Hardiman has a 1999 conviction for misdemeanor domestic battery.

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