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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.

WVON rafio station. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago’s Oldest African-American Oriented Radio Station Marks 50th Anniversary

It was 50 years ago this week that a legendary Chicago radio station took to the airwaves.

04/02/2013

Kevin Ware. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Chicago Sports Doctor Optimistic Louisville’s Ware Will Bounce Back

Sports physician Jeff Mjaanes of Rush University Medical Center, who watched Sunday’s game and saw the leg-break occur, agrees there is reason to be optimistic.

04/01/2013

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA: Calumet City Pol Used Campaign Funds For Miami Trip

In the aftermath of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior’s conviction for misusing campaign funds, there’s been increased scrutiny of how politicians use the money donated by supporters. Now, the Better Government Association has found another lawmaker with questionable expenses.

03/06/2013

Olga Vanis is out $44,000 -- money stolen by a former caregiver. (CBS)

Caregiver Steals $44,000 From Elderly Woman

An attorney for Olga Vanis says her bank bears blame for not detecting obvious forged checks. CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports.

03/04/2013

President Obama speaking during his State of the Union Address. (Credit: Getty)

Obama Refers To Hadiya Pendleton In State Of The Union Gun Control Plea

President Obama connected Hadiya Pendleton to his own neighborhood as the teenager’s parents sat in the gallery, right next to the 1st lady. CBS 2’s Jim Williams spoke to them earlier.

02/12/2013

2011 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals

Teachers Reflect On Kanye West’s Success

CBS 2′s Jim Williams talked to his former teachers, and describes how Chicago helped make him a hip hop superstar.

02/10/2013

Inside The 911 Call Center (City Of Chicago Photo)

McCarthy: Change In 911 Response Strategy Working

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said incidents in two neighborhoods on the same night this week showed police have the right strategy in reducing the number of 911 calls that officers respond to in person.

CBS 2–02/07/2013

A Chicago police car. (Photo Credit: MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Police Changing Response Plan For Some 911 Calls

Starting this week, Chicago police are changing their responses to 911 calls. They’ll no longer come right away to reports of things like criminal damage to property, vehicle thefts, garage burglaries, or other crimes in which the suspect is no longer on the scene, and the victim isn’t in immediate danger.

CBS Chicago–02/04/2013

Immigrant groups and their supporters stage a protest rally. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Proposed Path To Citizenship Gives Hope To Undocumented Immigrants

CBS 2′s Jim Williams takes a look at how the new policy could be life-changing for one Chicago area man who has been living in fear.

01/28/2013

Chicago police tactical officer James Whigham Jr. was honored for bravery for arresting an armed robber who had just shot someone. Whigham survived Hodgkin's lymphoma before joining the police force. (Credit: CBS)

Cancer Survivor Cop Honored For Arresting Armed Robbery Suspect

Tactical officer James Whigham Jr. was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 21, then had two relapses.

CBS 2–01/22/2013

DuSable Museum of African-American History (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Celebrate Obama’s Inauguration, King Holiday At DuSable Museum

Though it was Obama’s second inauguration, there was no less enthusiasm from the crowd, which stood and cheered as they watched a live telecast of the inaugural proceedings.

CBS 2–01/21/2013

Sonny Cooper was diagnosed with prostate cancer that was linked to his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, but his disability benefits were significantly reduced after his cancer went into remission, and he's in danger of losing his home. (Credit: CBS)

Vietnam Vet With Cancer Might Lose Home Due To Reduced Benefits

The U.S. Veterans Administration had been helping the Chicago man, but much of that support has stopped, and now he’s in the fight of his life.

CBS 2–01/09/2013

Melvin Washington, who was once homeless, now has an apartment in the River North neighborhood, thanks to assistance from the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. (Credit: CBS)

Once Homeless, Thousands Living In Permanent Homes Thanks To Chicago Alliance

It’s a staggering number to consider: 6,500 people in Chicago are homeless, despite an advocacy group’s 10-year effort to end homelessness by the end of this year. But thousands of others have received help to get off the streets.

CBS 2–12/18/2012

Love and Tony Klopf were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on 12-12-12. (Credit: CBS)

’12-12-12′ Means 70 Years Of Marriage For Chicago Couple

On this lucky date, 12-12-12, a Chicago area couple was celebrating a remarkable anniversary. But, as CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports, much more than good luck has kept them together for 70 years.

CBS 2–12/12/2012

Mikias T. Tibebu, 18, was killed in a hit-and-run. (CBS)

Schaumburg High School Mourns Student Killed In Hit-And-Run

The school flag was lowered Monday to half-staff, and students wore purple in honor of Mikias Tibebu. It was a very difficult day there, CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports.

12/10/2012

A new Illinois law would allow undocumented immigrants to get a Temporary Visitor Driver's License like this one, but some immigrant groups worry that, because the license has a different color than standard licenses, police would immediately know a person with such a license is in the U.S. illegally. (Photo courtesy Illinois Secretary of State)

Immigrant Groups Divided Over Temporary Driver’s License Plan

It’s a hot button issue: should undocumented immigrants be allowed to get driver’s licenses? Even leaders in Chicago’s Latino community are divided on a measure that would grant undocumented immigrants temporary licenses.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2012

Examples of high-rises along Chicago's lakefront. (CBS)

Some Condo Boards Leery Of Marketing Push For Indoor Sprinklers

CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports the group behind the campaign is supported by businesses that stand to benefit from the installation of sprinklers.

12/03/2012

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley (left) sits down with CBS 2's Jim Williams, who once served as his press secretary, to talk about returning to private life, and the past year since the death of his late wife, Maggie Daley. (Credit: CBS)

Daley Doesn’t Miss Being The Boss, Won’t Second-Guess Emanuel

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley sat down recently with CBS 2′s Jim Williams, who is also his former press secretary, and talked about his return to private life. He said he doesn’t miss being the boss, and won’t second-guess the decisions of his successor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

CBS 2–11/23/2012

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley (left) sits down with CBS 2's Jim Williams, who once served as his press secretary, to talk about returning to private life, and the past year since the death of his late wife, Maggie Daley. (Credit: CBS)

Daley Reflects On Past Year: Maggie Is ‘In My Heart Forever’

It was on Thanksgiving Day one year ago that Chicago’s former first lady, Maggie Daley, passed away following a long battle with cancer.

CBS 2–11/21/2012

The 86th Annual Veterans Day parade on the South Side. (CBS)

Veterans Honored With Ceremony, Service

Servicemen and women joined community leaders on the South Side on Monday for the city’s annual Veterans Day parade. CBS 2′s Jim Williams talked to a retired vet that has continued to serve.

11/12/2012

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