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updated: 5/31/2013 4:01 PM

Head of CeaseFire Illinois charged with battery

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Suburban police say the head of an anti-violence organization is facing a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

Hillside Police Chief Joseph Lukaszek says Tio Hardiman was arrested Friday after his wife came to the police station and "presented injuries."

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Hardiman is the executive director of Ceasefire Illinois, a violence prevention group that interacts with Chicago gang members.

Lukaszek says Hardiman was arrested at home and will remain in custody until Saturday's bond hearing in Maywood.

A spokesman said the organization was "troubled" with the charge and was "looking into appropriate actions."

CeaseFire got $1 million from Chicago to help reduce crime in two neighborhoods. A health department spokesman said the city's waiting to determine if the arrest will have any impact on the partnership.

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