For a second time, Chicago anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

Hardiman is most known for his role in the group CeaseFire, now known as Cure Violence, which hires and brings in former gang members to work as violence interrupters who de-escalate disputes between gangs. He joined in 1999 and became director in 2009, serving until 2013, when his wife accused him of domestic violence. She dropped the suit just one month after the initial accusation.

“I have a proven track record reducing gun violence in Chicago, down 30 to 80 percent in some communities,” said Hardiman, during a debate in Springfield.

Anti-violence efforts constitute a major part of Hardiman’s policy platform. If elected, he wants to implement his violence interrupter system in communities across the state, as well as reform prisons.

It’s part of what he calls his “2020 Plan” for Illinois, calling it a “clear vision” for the state’s future. It includes three other planks: deficit reduction, economic development and ending discrimination.

To reduce the state's budget deficit, Hardiman advocates levying a tax on stock and other financial transactions at the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Board of Operations Exchange.

Like the other candidates, he also wants to introduce a progressive income tax, with the tax capping out at a 7 percent to 10 percent rate on people who earn $200,000 or more. He said the change could bring in $9 billion in new revenue.

He also advocates the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana.

“The legalization of small amounts of recreational marijuana … that could bring in a projected, close to $2 billion,” he said.

All together, Hardiman said his new revenue plan could largely slash the pension deficit in the state.

Hardiman said he also wants to focus on building up small businesses in urban areas and building up manufacturing, primarily downstate.

“I’ve traveled the entire state. We have a plan to rebuild East St. Louis, downtown East St. Louis. We have problems in Peoria. We have problems in Decatur,” he said.

Back in 2014, Hardiman netted 30 percent of the vote in 30 downstate counties.

Despite the crowded field, with five opponents, he’s confident he can win large support again.

He made the claim that in one poll he’s received 18 percent of the vote. Hardiman's campaign office was unsure what poll he was referring to.

“The media won’t put that out there, but we’re 18 percent in the polls,” he said. “I know a lot of people have name recognition throughout the state, but it’s most important we get the job done.”

According to a Southern Illinois University poll from late February, Hardiman is polling at just 2 percent of voters.