Ballentine was born and raised on Chicago's South Side, where he attended and graduated from Lindblom High School in 1992. He is an alumnus of Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from law school at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in Ada, Ohio. Ballentine joined the Iota Nu Sigma Alumni chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
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