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Former CeaseFire Director Announces Run For Governor

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago anti-violence activist throws his hat in the ring for Illinois Governor, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman.

On a sidewalk in the North Lawndale neighborhood, former Ceasefire director Tio Hardiman made his plans clear.

“I know people look at me now saying, ‘This guy, who does he think he is?’ I’m Tio Hardiman and I’m running for governor and that is it,” said Hardiman.

The 50-year-old has had problems in recent months, losing his job at CeaseFire and marital troubles that included a domestic battery arrest, but Hardiman draws the distinction between himself and former governors Blagojevich and Ryan.

“A lot of times, the media they bring up a lot of things I may have done in the past, but I am not a convicted felon, and I want to make that clear,” said Hardiman.

On his platform: tackling corruption in Illinois government, building a casino in Chicago to create jobs, and providing more educational opportunities for non-violent offenders in state prison.

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