Director of CeaseFire fired after domestic battery arrest

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The head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois is losing his job after charges he beat his wife.

Tio Hardiman tells the Chicago Tribune he feels betrayed by the organization and its founder.

TioHardimanThe University of Illinois Chicago, which operates CeaseFire, says Hardiman’s contract as director won’t be renewed at the end of the month.

Hardiman insists he’s innocent of the domestic battery complaint and says that he feels “shipwrecked and abandoned.”

He was arrested Friday after his wife said he punched and kicked her during an argument.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the city would not have to end its contract with Ceasefire based on what happened with Hardiman.

“Being in the public eye, obviously, perhaps it gets more attention and it’s embarrassing, and I am certainly aware of that.” McCarthy said. “But as far as the program goes, you know the program is going to be evaluated on its success or failure, and how effective it is, not this issue with Tio Hardiman.”

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