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.

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.

07/28/2015

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Artist Creates Horse Sculptures To Honor Chicago Police Officers

The fiber glass horse statue features images of the ivy of Wrigley Field, the LGBT pride rainbow, Belmont Harbor and many others.

07/27/2015

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Wreath Laying Ceremony Marks 100th Anniversary Of Eastland Disaster

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the solemn ceremony included music and stories from the descendants of those who were on the Eastland when it tipped over and capsized in the Chicago River a century ago.

07/25/2015

Sandra Bland (Source: Facebook)

Texas Jail Forms Say Sandra Bland Had Previous Suicide Attempt

The sheriff at that Texas jail now says Sandra Bland told authorities as she was being booked into jail that she had previously tried to kill herself.

07/22/2015

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

Expert: Gas Prices Could Fall Below $2 A Gallon Later This Year

How low could it go? CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains why pump prices have plummeted.

07/20/2015

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Police Bust Alleged Dog Fighting Ring In Maywood

Animal control officers descend on a home in Maywood and police removed what they say was a well-organized dog fighting ring.

07/15/2015

Dozens of women volunteer in West Pullman for a "Women Build." (Credit: CBS)

Dozens Of Women Volunteering To Build Homes In West Pullman

It’s an enormous project led by Habitat for Humanity Chicago. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talked with a family who will live in one of the houses.

07/14/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rauner Challenging Lawmakers To Pass Reforms Or Raise Taxes

The governor issued a challenge to Democrats: support reforms or raise taxes.

07/08/2015

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Bucktown Resident Turns Tables On Knife-Wielding Home Invader

Now the would-be thief is in custody, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

07/06/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

State Democrats To Propose Stop Gap Budget Covering Essential Services

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports both the governor and house speaker are trying to be reassuring, but they remain far apart.

06/30/2015

Chicago Urban League Job Fair at the UIC Forum. (Credit: CBS)

More Employers, Fewer Job Seekers At Urban League Job Fair

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports there’s one sector apparently booming again: manufacturing.

06/17/2015

The Blackhawks pose for a photo after winning the Stanley Cup following a 2-0 win against the Lightning in Game 6. (Getty Images)

Are Blackhawks A Dynasty?

Now with three Stanley Cup champions in recent memory, a certain word is being thrown around: dynasty.

06/16/2015

Hawks gear

Blackhawks Fans Geared Up For Game 4 Of Stanley Cup Final

CBS 2’s Jim Williams found some fans buying Blackhawks gear they didn’t even need.

CBS Chicago–06/10/2015

Michelle Obama speaking at the graduation for King College Prep. (Credit: CBS)

First Lady Michelle Obama Pays Tribute To King College Prep Grads, Hadiya Pendleton

In the section reserved for the graduates, flowers were placed on a single chair reserved for the girl who wasn’t here: Hadiya Pendleton, an innocent teenager shot to death in early 2013.

06/09/2015

Orange Students

Chicago Students Wear Orange To Honor Hadiya Pendleton, Gun Violence Victims

Orange is the color of hope today across Chicago. People are wearing the bright hue in honor of national gun violence awareness day and at the center of it all, young Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teen murdered in a South Side park.

06/02/2015

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dennis Hastert

In Wake Of Hastert Case, SNAP Urges Creation Of Hot Line For Abuse Victims

This afternoon, advocates for children who’ve been sexually abused call the Hastert case a “watershed moment.”

06/01/2015

The Charlie Charlie Challenge. (Credit: CBS)

Mother Says Kids Playing “Charlie Charlie Challenge” At Roseland School

In this Original Report, one South Side mother told CBS 2’s Jim Williams children had no business playing it at her daughter’s grade school.

05/27/2015

Nick Sherbula and Jim Vitti, two World War II veterans, have remained close for more than 70 years. (CBS)

For Two World War II Vets, Friendship Endures More Than 70 Years

Native Chicagoans Nick Sherbula and Jim Vitti were strangers before World War II and the U.S. Army brought them together. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/25/2015

Hayden Smeaton says he was "very tired" after staying up to watch the Blackhawks. (Credit: CBS)

Triple Overtime Playoff Game Leaves Chicagoans With Hawks Hangover

This was the question in Chicago today: Were you awake to see the Blackhawks win?

05/20/2015

Curb-protected bike lanes in Douglas Park. (Credit: Jim Williams)

City Introduces New Curb-Protected Bike Lanes

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the curb-protected bike lane is a half-foot high, two feet wide, offering protection for bicyclists. But not everyone thinks it is a good idea.

05/19/2015

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