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.

Demolition begins for the Evergreen Plaza. (Credit:CBS).

Demolition Begins For Pioneering Shopping Mall Evergreen Plaza

After 63 years, Evergreen Plaza is meeting the wrecking ball.

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Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, left, stands with Hall of Famer Billy Williams as Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

In the 1960s, Cubs’ African-American Stars Became South Side Heroes

The notion that baseball leaves a city divided couldn’t be further from reality on the city’s South Side.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2015


Domestic Violence Shelters Drastically Cut Services During State Budget Impasse

Victims are finding it harder than ever to get help now in Illinois, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


A memorial to victims of violence on a Chicago street. (Credit: CBS)

Is Chicago Street Violence Domestic Terrorism?

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the neighborhood is under siege by random gunfire that’s killing innocent lives.


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What Is Behind Spike In Chicago Violence?

CHICAGO (CBS) — In the last 24 hours, a dozen shot, five dead in Chicago. That follows 50 others shot in each of the past two weekends. CBS 2’s Jim Williams looks into the cause […]


A vehicle burns over the weekend in Frankfort -- likely an arson, officials says. (Steven Trejo)

Arsonists Strike In Frankfort

(CBS) — Arsonists are on the loose in southwest suburban Frankfort. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports. Over the weekend, three separate fires were started within minutes of each other at a condominium development. Marc Molitor […]


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Moms Bring Back Englewood Patrols In Response To Gang Threat

In Englewood, community leaders are on alert after learning of a gang threat on social media. Police have an ally, mothers who patrol the streets with a smile.


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Trump’s Controversial Immigration Comments Fueling Latino Vote Drive

It’s day one of a campaign to register millions of new voters in the nation’s fastest growing demographic group.


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Ex-Bear Details Alleged Racial Abuse His Son Endured At North Suburban High School

Desmond Clark says he wants to set the record straight about the misdemeanor charges he faces in a northern suburb. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger. (Credit: CBS)

Some Social Services Feeling The Pain As State Racks Up Unpaid Bills

The state will have $8.5 billion in unpaid bills by the end of the year. CBS 2’s Jim Williams introduces us to some of those already feeling the pain.


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Toddler Recovering After Being Hit By Home Run Ball At Sox Game

CBS 2’s Jim Williams caught up with him at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2015

Business mogul Donald Trump gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City.  Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

Experts Question Donald Trump’s Claim That Chicago Crime Tied To Illegal Immigrants

Outspoken presidential candidate Donald Trump has raised some eyebrows, connecting Chicago’s crime to illegal immigrants.


A fan (black shirt, right) is hit by a foul ball during the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on August 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Jon Durr/Getty Images)

More Calls For Extra Netting At Ballparks After Fan Hit By Foul Ball At Wrigley

A woman who took a line drive foul ball to the head on Sunday at Wrigley Field was the latest victim in a string of fan injuries that has people calling for changes at the old ballpark.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2015

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New Type Of Head Lice Resistant To Common Treatments Spreads To Illinois

A new type of mutant head lice called super lice spreading across the country, including here in Illinois


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Should Kids Receive Participation Trophies?

CBS 2’s Jim Williams takes a look at the “every kid gets a trophy” culture.

CBS Chicago–08/18/2015

Bernie Sanders speaking ato supporters at Park West. (Credit: Mariam Sobh.)

Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowd In First Chicago Stop As Presidential Candidate

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is holding his first Chicago event Monday night as the 73-year-old Democratic Socialist from Vermont raises money for his campaign.


The Slowbreakers group. is composed of educators, businessmen, coaches and other role models.  (Credit: CBS)

‘Slowbreakers’ Offer Wisdom For African-American Community

One group of older African American men with a humorous name, shared some wise words about their community.


A construction job fair at the  St. Paul Church of God and Christ. (Credit: CBS)

Church Working To Get More African-Americans Into The Construction Industry

The fair was open to a variety of construction jobs, including pipefitters, operating engineers, electricians, represented by 22 labor unions.


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O’Hare Neighbors To Get Some Noise Relief, Aviation Commissioner Says

(CBS) — People living around O’Hare Airport may be close to getting relief from the ear-splitting sound of planes. But CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports not everyone in those communities has faith in the city’s […]


Video of a traffic stop conducted by a South Holland police officer. (Credit: Captured News)

South Holland Police Chief Unhappy With Officer’s Conduct During Traffic Stop

On cell phone video, a South Holland police officer is heard cursing at a young driver, Rodney Wilson, trying to get him to leave his car.