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.

Surveillance image of a man preparing to attack a woman in an alley garage in Bucktown. (image provided)

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

Actor Charlie Sheen arrives for the premiere of Dimension Films' "Scary Movie 5" at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on April 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

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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Service At The Core For UIC Student Rep, Marine Vet

Even on a campus of nearly 30,000 students, Jauwan Hall stands out.

11/11/2015

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Words Painted On South Loop Crosswalks Puzzle Pedestrians

From the time we’re young, we’re told to pay attention when we cross the street. Now a wordy display on a stretch of Roosevelt threatens to distract us all.

11/10/2015

Tyshawn Lee, 9, was fatally shot in the Gresham neighborhood. (courtesy: Karla Lee)

Black Community’s Reaction To Murder Of 9-Year-Old Boy Sparks Debate

The black community’s response to the tragedy and the murders of other children is being hotly debated today, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

11/04/2015

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Former US Rep. Gus Savage Dies At Age 90

One day after celebrating his 90th birthday, former Congressman Gus Savage died.

10/31/2015

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Kids, Adults Enjoy Halloween Fun As City Aims To Show Off South End Of Michigan Avenue

The Halloween parade on Columbus Drive featured 4,000 people marching from Balbo to Monroe, following a Halloween Festival in the afternoon.

10/25/2015

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Mets’ Curtis Granderson Leaving His Mark In Hometown

One of the key Mets players breaking Cubs fans’ hearts so far is a Chicagoan — outfielder Curtis Granderson.

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Several People Shot In Calumet City

Possibly as many as seven people were injured, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/19/2015

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Police Strategy Ensures Safe Celebration After Cubs’ Victory

It could have been a recipe for disaster Tuesday after the Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, with a massive crowd mixed with alcohol, but instead things went smoothly and there wasn’t a single arrest.

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Demolition Begins For Pioneering Shopping Mall Evergreen Plaza

After 63 years, Evergreen Plaza is meeting the wrecking ball.

10/07/2015

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, left, stands with Hall of Famer Billy Williams as Banks is recognized before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 13, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

In the 1960s, Cubs’ African-American Stars Became South Side Heroes

The notion that baseball leaves a city divided couldn’t be further from reality on the city’s South Side.

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Domestic Violence Shelters Drastically Cut Services During State Budget Impasse

Victims are finding it harder than ever to get help now in Illinois, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/05/2015

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Is Chicago Street Violence Domestic Terrorism?

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the neighborhood is under siege by random gunfire that’s killing innocent lives.

09/30/2015

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