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Wife of former CeaseFire director files for divorce

Tio Hardiman  | Sun-Times photo

Tio Hardiman | Sun-Times photo

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Updated: July 22, 2013 6:28PM

In the wake of accusing him of domestic battery, the wife of the former director of CeaseFire Illinois filed for divorce this week, citing irreconcilable differences.

Alison Hardiman filed her petition Tuesday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, nearly three weeks after her husband, Tio Hardiman, was arrested and jailed overnight on charges of beating her after an altercation at their Hillside home.

“I am totally devastated,” Tio Hardiman, reached Wednesday evening, said, upon learning of the filing from a reporter. He has not yet been served.

“I was unaware. I’m devastated. I’m hurt. I can’t lie about that,” Tio Hardiman said.

The 50-year-old still faces charges in the case, accused by prosecutors of punching and kicking his 47-year-old wife and leaving her with bruises, a cut to her neck and a swollen lip. Fired from his CeaseFire job, he is due back in court on July 2.

In the petition, Alison Hardiman said reconciliation with her husband, who has been living separately under an order of protection she obtained after the May 31 incident, is “impracticable.”

“Without fault or provocation on the part of your petitioner, the respondent has been guilty of extreme and repeated mental cruelty toward the petitioner,” the divorce petition reads. “As a result, irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage; the parties’ efforts at reconciliation have failed and future attempts at reconciliation would be impracticable and not in the best interest of the family.”

Tio Hardiman has a previous domestic battery conviction from 1999 involving his first wife. In that case, he pleaded guilty and received one year of court supervision.

His current wife’s lawyers also sought a freeze on all the couple’s bank accounts.

“This is tough for a brother right now,” said an apparently shaken Tio Hardiman.

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