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.

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.


Rowan Senders (center) with his parents Stacy and Michael. (Credit: CBS)

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

Super lice. (Credit: CBS)

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


A participation trophy. (Credit: CBS)

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.


Passenger Airline (credit: Randy Yagi)

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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.


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.


Bucktown community leader Steve Jensen (CBS)

Bucktown Resident Turns Tables On Knife-Wielding Home Invader

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


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.




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