CeaseFire Illinois appoints interim director

June 5, 2013

The Associated Press

Officials with the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois say they've appointed an interim leader after the organization's director was let go following a domestic battery charge.

Candice Kane, a lawyer who's the chief operating officer for the group's parent organization Cure Violence, will hold the post until a new director can be found.

CeaseFire, which works with gang members, put director Tio Hardiman on administrative leave and said it wouldn't renew his contract when it expires at the end of the month.

He's facing a misdemeanor after authorities say he punched and kicked his wife and has denied the allegations.

CeaseFire was featured in a 2011 documentary, "The Interrupters," and has a $1 million contact with to help reduce violence in two crime-plagued Chicago neighborhoods.