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.

President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.  (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Cubs Co-Owner Is Trump Pick For Deputy Commerce Secretary

Will Chicago benefit? Mayor Emanuel hopes so. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/30/2016

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Volunteer At Food Giveaway Remembers Lean Thanksgivings: ‘I See Me’

Patricia Smith helps give groceries away at the Paul Hall Community Center. She knows what it’s like to need food around the holidays. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/23/2016

Dashcam footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot Laquan McDonald. (Source; Chicago police)

Debate On Police Accountability Continues, One Year After Laquan McDonald Video

It will be a tall order to convince some Chicagoans new reforms will make a new difference.

11/21/2016

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pence spoke about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has been condemned by business leaders and Democrats.  (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Mixed Feelings About Vice President-Elect Pence In Northwest Indiana

The man who will be one heartbeat away from the U.S. presidency is the outgoing governor of the Hoosier State. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/09/2016

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Economy Top Issue For Illinois Voters; Many Not Enthused With Choices, Poll Finds

As voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, what was on their minds?

11/08/2016

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3-Year-Old Boy Seriously Injured In Chicago Lawn Hit-And-Run

A 3-year-old boy was struck by a car and seriously injured Monday evening in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

11/01/2016

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, resplendent in wacky suit, departs Chicago for Cleveland on Halloween. (CBS)

Cool Cubs Depart Wrigley On Halloween, Looking To Exorcise Ghosts

Skipper Joe Maddon strikes again, as he and some of his players have fun on the eve of Game 6 of the World Series, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2016

The mother of a 12-year-old special needs child says her son was beaten and slammed to the ground by a teacher's aide as other children looked on. | Photo courtesy of Monice Guess

Parent Claims Teacher’s Aide Beat Her Special Needs Child

The mother of a 12-year-old special needs child says her son was beaten and slammed to the ground by a teacher’s aide as other children looked on.

10/30/2016

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Pennant Clinch Takes Some Pressure Off Cubs Moving Into World Series, Expert Says

Clinching the pennant after 71 years was an enormous hurdle for this franchise and a likely confidence booster going into the World Series.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2016

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Phil Chess, Co-Founder Of Chess Records, Dies At 95

Phil Chess, co-founder of Chicago’s Chess Records, a label said to have help invent rock ‘n’ roll, has died at 95.

10/19/2016

The Cubs have advanced to the NLCS. (CBS)

Fans Welcomed Chicago Cubs Home After NLCS Advancement

The Wrigley Field marquee and some diehard fans welcomed the Cubs home Wednesday morning.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2016

Justin Coneje (L) and Brandon Oliceron (R) of Chicago celebrate after Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) ended the the fifth inning with a strike out, during the National League Wild Card Game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar on October 7, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Fans ‘Went Through The Whole Range Of Cub Emotions’ During Monday’s Roller Coaster Game

On Tuesday, Cubs fans do it again, hoping past postseason failures aren’t repeated.

CBS Chicago–10/11/2016

Dean Knapp, left, shows CBS 2's Jim Williams the face-value Cubs playoffs tickets he bought Friday. (CBS)

And Lo, There Were Cubs Tickets For Sale When Fans Walked Up To Wrigley

CBS 2’s Jim Williams talks with the lucky Cubs fans about buying the hottest ticket in town at face value.

CBS Chicago–10/07/2016

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Roosevelt Mom-And-Pop Stores Disappear As Big Companies Move In

“Mom and pop” stores along Roosevelt Road in the South Loop are going away, unable to afford higher rents now that big stores are moving in.

10/04/2016

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Hamilton Ticket Scams Began Opening Night

Hamilton The Musical, the hottest ticket in town, opened Tuesday night in Chicago and theatre fans are already getting ripped off.

09/28/2016

Adrienne Hubbard, daughter of Chicago police officer Edward Jackson who was shot in the line of duty nearly four decades ago, accepts an American flag that had flown over Gold Star Park. | CBS 2 Chicago

Chicago Policeman Honored At Gold Star Memorial 13 Years After His Death

They added the 575th name to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s wall: Edward L. Jackson.

09/13/2016

This protected bike lane in Evanston has annoyed some residents, who say traffic lanes are now too narrow. (CBS)

Evanston Debates Whether To Backpedal On Protected Bike Lanes

Bicyclists are now riding between the curb and parked cars. Residents say that makes traffic lanes too narrow. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

09/12/2016

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Apparent Gang Truce Lasted Only Part Of Violent Labor Day Weekend

It was a promising beginning. But starting Sunday night through Labor Day, the violence jumped.

09/07/2016

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Man, 71, Shot While Watering Lawn

A man who was watering his lawn was shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in the Marquette Park neighborhood.

09/06/2016

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Bronzeville Dream Center, Funded By Founders, In Danger Of Closing

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports 100 kids could lose a safe haven, where founders Beyonca Johnson and Holly Medley have a motto: “Everything is possible.”

08/31/2016

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