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.

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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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Hillary Clinton In Chicago Looking For African American Support, But Some Critics Say It’s Not Deserved

Hillary Clinton is in Chicago today, raising money for her presidential run.

02/17/2016

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How David Bowie Transfixed Drama Audiences In Chicago

The rock music icon, who died early this year, was honored at Monday’s Grammy Awards. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports on Bowie’s stint as “The Elephant Man” here in Chicago.

02/15/2016

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Robert Lamm, Founding Member Of Chicago, Looks Back On Band’s History Ahead Of Rock Hall Of Fame Induction

CBS 2’s Jim Williams went on a tour with Chicago’s Robert Lamm to take a look at how much has changed and how much remains the same since the band’s early days in the 1960s.

02/14/2016

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Latest Cam Newton Backlash: Deserved Or Racially Motivated?

CBS 2’s Jim Williams takes a survey of opinions.

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’85 Bears Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of Super Bowl Win

CBS 2’s Jim Williams was at Soldier Field as the players celebrated once again.

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Nanny Fends Off Attack In Bucktown Garage

The daytime incident was recorded on surveillance cameras, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

01/18/2016

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Facing Alumni Opposition, Proposal To Rename South Shore High School Dropped

When one community leader proposed renaming South Shore High School for a civil rights icon, the school’s alums took action to block the change. CBS 2’s Jim Williams tells all about it in this original report.

01/05/2016

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Neighbors, Friends Donate To Remodel Home For Woman Paralyzed By Falling Pedestrian Shelter

She was a dancer, now paralyzed after a trip through O’Hare Airport. A CBS 2 investigation revealed the dangerous conditions that led to her accident.

12/23/2015

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After Release From Jail, Man Commits Life To Spreading Peace In Englewood

CBS 2’s Jim Williams introduces us to an Englewood native who changed his life with one thought and is now spreading a message of peace.

12/22/2015

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Parents Fear West Rogers Park Catholic School On Verge Of Closing

CBS 2’s Jim Williams has more on what’s behind the fear.

12/16/2015

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At South Side Barbershop, Anger Simmers Over The Sheer Volume Of Bullets Cop Fired Into Teen

“What were they being trained to do — to shoot 16 times? I could do that,” one angry man tells CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

11/23/2015

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Suburban Emergency Responders Implement New Strategies In Homeland Security Drill

Police and fire departments in every community today have to prepare for the worst: mass shootings, terrorism. In Northbrook, we saw a new strategy for officers and paramedics. CBS 2’s Jim Williams was there

11/18/2015

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Charlie Sheen Expected To Address HIV Rumors

David Ernesto Munar, CEO of Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center, says today with the right treatment HIV patients can live long lives.

11/16/2015

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