Tio Hardiman is executive director of CeaseFire Illinois. According to the anti-gun group’s web site Hardiman “has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. In 1999, Mr. Hardiman joined Cure Violence, an award-winning public health model that has been scientifically proven to reduce shootings and killings. In this capacity, Mr. Hardiman helped oversee expansion of the program from 5 Chicago-based community sites to 26 sites throughout the State of Illinois.” Translation: he’s made a living hoovering up city and state taxpayer funds to push the cause of civilian disarmament. But it looks like all that anti-violence advocacy has been more of a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of thing . . .
According to a report at chicagotribune.com, “Hardiman’s wife came to the Hillside (IL) police station about 8 a.m. today with “signs of injury” and filed a formal complaint against him, according to Police Chief Joseph Lukaszek.” He’s been charged with domestic battery. Hardiman’s simpaticos at the Tribune don’t detail the extent of his wife’s injuries.
So it seems that instead of receiving his public funding directly via check, he may soon be eating and sleeping at the Graybar Hotel courtesy of those very same taxpayers. Once you get on the dole, it can be hard to shake loose.