Jim Williams

Jim Williams (CBS)

Jim Williams (CBS)

Jim Williams, a native Chicagoan, co-anchors the CBS 2 Chicago Weekend Evening News. He is also a general assignment reporter for the station’s other newscasts.

Williams has more than 30 years of journalism experience. Before joining CBS 2 Chicago in December 2002, he worked for ABC News and WGN-TV. He also served several years with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration.

He was a correspondent for ABC News, based at the network’s Chicago bureau from 1997-2001. Williams reported from around the world for “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and “Nightline.”


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From 1992-1997, Williams was Mayor Daley’s press secretary. In this capacity, he supervised media relations throughout city government and worked with news organizations from around the world on such significant stories as the 1996 Democratic National Convention, the Mayor’s takeover of the Board of Education, his 1995 re-election campaign and the 1994 World Cup soccer tournament. Williams also created the city government’s first television magazine show, “Chicago Works!”

Williams began his broadcasting career as a writer, producer and reporter at WGN-TV. He primarily covered the government beat, winning several awards, including an Emmy for investigative reporting. He also received an award for “Best Light Feature” by the Associated Press of Illinois in 2006.

He graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Media Management.

Jim and his wife, Joyce, have four adult children.

Donatello Herrera. (Family-provided photo)

Police Searching For Gunman Who Killed Father Of Three Near Bus Stop

Chicago Police are looking for the killer of a 35-year-old father of three who was gunned down early Wednesday morning at a CTA bus stop, right after he left work.

12/17/2014

The Rialto Theatre in Joliet. (Credit:CBS)

Joliet Residents Trying To Block New Digital Marquee At Rialto Theatre

It is one of America’s classic theatres admired for its beauty and history. But soon, a big change is coming to the Rialto Theatre in Joliet. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports lots of people there are trying to stop it.

12/16/2014

Kathy O'Malley hugs Mike Perlen, the Hugo's customer she revived after he had a heart attack in September. (CBS)

Heart Attack Patient Reunited With Restaurant Manager Who Saved His Life

You might call this “The Miracle on Rush Street.” A man suffered what seemed to be a fatal heart attack at a popular restaurant, but a manager there never gave up trying to save his life. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/08/2014

One of the thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus every day during the holiday season. The Post Office opens and sorts through those letters to find children and families in need, and offers those letters to volunteers to buy gifts. (Credit: CBS)

Generous Chicago Couple Once Again Working To Answer Kids’ Letters To Santa

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the annual Operation Santa post office campaign again is being helped by an especially generous Chicago couple.

12/03/2014

Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

Lower Gas Prices Could Hurt Some U.S. Companies

Falling gas prices are great news for motorists and maybe not so good for U.S. companies down the road.

12/02/2014

A doctor holds up a model skull from a 3D printer  used to help perform surgery. (Credit: CBS)

Models From 3D Printers Help Doctors Perform Face Transplant Surgery

The victim of a vicious crime is the beneficiary of medical innovation and new technology.

12/01/2014

Archbishop Cupich hands out turkeys at St. Columbanus. (Credit: CBS)

Archbishop Cupich Hands Out Holiday Meals At South Side Parish

CBS 2’s Jim Williams tells us Archbishop Blase Cupich passed out a lot more than holiday meals to those in need..

11/26/2014

Security guard the main door of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, on November 24, 2014 where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict a white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown. (Credit:  JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Legal Expert: Based On Testimony, Ferguson Grand Jury Made Right Call

Many law experts have a different take on the grand jury’s decision. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talked to our legal analyst Irv Miller, who says based on the testimony that was presented, the grand jury made the right call.

11/25/2014

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Too Early For A Christmas Tree? Not To Sellers

CBS 2’s Jim Williams has tree-buying tips for people who are getting a jump on the holiday tradition.

11/24/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the State Dining Room of the White House on August 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama announced he has authorized military strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and a humanitarian aid drop. ISIS has been advancing on the important city of Erbil, Iraq and a civilian humanitarian crisis has developed. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

Emanuel, Rep. Gutierrez Applaud Obama’s Action On Immigration

Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will give a primetime address on immigration.

11/19/2014

Harpist Lillian Lau (CBS)

Local Harpist Plays Role In Archbishop’s Installation

Raised in Hong Kong, Lillian Lau started playing the harp at nine years old. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/17/2014

Veteran Richard Rivera works as part of the YMCA's urban warrior program. (Credit: CBS)

Marine Veteran Uses Lessons From Military To Help Young People

One Chicago veteran is taking the lessons he learned in the military and serving young people in tough neighborhoods.

11/11/2014

United Airlines CEO Jess Smisek signs a pledge to help support veteran employees. (CBS)

United CEO Pledges Support To Employees Who Have Served In The Military

United Airlines calls the pledge a thank you to its veterans. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/10/2014

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

U Of C Campus On Alert After Armed Robberies

In the last week alone, there have been four armed robberies near the University of Chicago campus. People tell us they find the timing of the crimes especially alarming.

11/09/2014

Produce grows at an inner-city garden. (Mason Johnson)

Urban Farms Expanding In Chicago

Soon, yet another inner-city garden will offer healthy, fresh food. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/29/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Signals To Women Voters: I’m Not Scary-Conservative

With the Nov. 4 election fast approaching, the Republican candidate for Illinois governor tried to distance himself from hot-button social issues, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/28/2014

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Window For Early Voting Closes This Weekend

There are dozens of early voting polling places in the city and suburbs. Election officials are encouraged by what they’ve seen so far. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/27/2014

Oliver McCracken Middle School. (Credit: CBS)

Class Canceled For Second Day At Skokie School Over Instagram Posts

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports while we don’t know the nature of those Instagram posts, Skokie Police are taking then so seriously they’re asking federal agents to join the investigation.

10/22/2014

President Barack Obama greets voters before casting  his ballot while participating in early voting on Monday in Chicago. (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Voter Teases Obama: ‘Don’t Touch My Girlfriend’

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the president had quite an encounter with a couple of voters this morning at his polling place at 43rd and Cottage Grove.

10/20/2014

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Talks Break Down Between Waukegan School District, Teachers

The Waukegan teachers strike drags on and is now approaching the two week mark.

10/15/2014

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