Jim Williams

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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.

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Another Englewood Eyesore Razed — Now, What?

Two weeks ago, city officials knocked down a trouble property in the South Side neighborhood. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talks with locals about the impact.

05/25/2016

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Suit: Cop Threatened To Taser Man As He Held His Baby

Cesar Carrizales tells his story to CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

05/23/2016

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On His Truck, A Grandfather’s Plea To Save His Grandson

One man is taking an old fashioned approach to save the life of his grandson.

05/17/2016

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Students Learn More About Chicago Playwright Lorraine Hansberry At Goodman Theatre Through Staging Of Lesser Known Work

At the Goodman Theatre, they’re staging “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” part of a month-long celebration honoring the playwright and Chicago icon Lorraine Hansberry.

05/11/2016

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Englewood Residents Skeptical Of City’s Claim That Demolitions Will Lower Crime

It’s city’s latest crime-fighting effort: demolition of abandoned buildings. If it sounds familiar, it’s because City Hall has been doing for decades.

05/10/2016

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Friends Of The Park Group Has Long History Of Fighting Lakefront Development

CBS 2’s Jim Williams takes a closer look at Friends of the Parks, its mission and its history.

05/04/2016

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Video Sheds Light On Harassment Faced By Women Online

CBS 2’s Jim Williams has a sanitized look at an ugly problem.

04/26/2016

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Despite Progress And More Bike Lanes, Chicago Still Gets Failing Grade On Air Quality

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the growing numbers of bike riders is good for the environment, but that ALA report says Chicago still has a long way to go.

04/20/2016

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McCormick Place Plan For Lucas Museum Under Scrutiny

Fiscal watchdogs are giving poor marks to Mayor Emanuel’s billion dollar plan for the Lucas Museum.

04/19/2016

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Inside Look Into Cubs New Clubhouse

It has been called a dump in the past, but no more. CBS 2’s Jim Williams got a tour of the Cubs’ brand new clubhouse.

04/12/2016

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Suicide Prevention Group Holding Annual Conference In Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a staggering number: 800,000 people commit suicide around the world each year, more than those who die in wars or by homicide. A group at the forefront of suicide prevention is […]

03/30/2016

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Veteran Journalist Tells Story Of Chicago’s South Side In New Book

Chicagoans have heard her voice for years on the radio, but now she has a new story to tell in a book.

03/29/2016

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Doughnut Maker Calls Dibs On Square Shape

Square Donuts says Family Express is infringing its trademark. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

03/28/2016

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Law Firm To Conduct Independent Audit Of IPRA Investigations Into Chicago Police Shootings

Chicago Police officers cleared of any wrong-doing could be re-investigated, under a new third party program announced Wednesday, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

03/23/2016

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Mayor Emanuel Views Park Plan As Essential To Keeping Families In Chicago

CBS 2’s Jim Williams talked to Mayor Rahm Emanuel about it today.

03/22/2016

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Exit Polls Show Half Of Republicans Voting In Illinois Primary Think Trump Not Honest

So what do Republicans think of the GOP frontrunner? CBS 2’s Jim Williams studied CBS 2’s exit poll data.

03/16/2016

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Exit Polls Show Majority Of Democrats Voting In Illinois Primary Think Race Relations Have Gotten Worse

CBS 2’s Jim Williams found attitudes in our exit polls that might explain why Foxx did so well Tuesday.

03/16/2016

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Despite Increase In Crime, Felony Prosecutions Down In Cook County

Even as crime increases, fewer victims are getting justice. CBS 2’s Jim Williams takes a look at why in this Original Report.

03/02/2016

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VA Crisis Hotline Puts Suicidal Chicago Vet On Hold

Every day 22 veterans kill themselves, and every day some of them reach out for help. But recently, as CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports, that help wasn’t there when they needed it most.

03/01/2016

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Holocaust Remembrance Program Pairs Survivors With Newer Generations

We’ve seen the images, but can we really imagine what it was like for millions of Jews and others — to be torn from their homes, their families, their very lives, by the Nazis? CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

02/21/2016

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