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.

Roosevelt Mom-And-Pop Stores Disappear As Big Companies Move In

“Mom and pop” stores along Roosevelt Road in the South Loop are going away, unable to afford higher rents now that big stores are moving in.


Hamilton Ticket Scams Began Opening Night

Hamilton The Musical, the hottest ticket in town, opened Tuesday night in Chicago and theatre fans are already getting ripped off.


Chicago Policeman Honored At Gold Star Memorial 13 Years After His Death

They added the 575th name to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s wall: Edward L. Jackson.


Evanston Debates Whether To Backpedal On Protected Bike Lanes

Bicyclists are now riding between the curb and parked cars. Residents say that makes traffic lanes too narrow. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Apparent Gang Truce Lasted Only Part Of Violent Labor Day Weekend

It was a promising beginning. But starting Sunday night through Labor Day, the violence jumped.


Man, 71, Shot While Watering Lawn

A man who was watering his lawn was shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in the Marquette Park neighborhood.


Bronzeville Dream Center, Funded By Founders, In Danger Of Closing

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports 100 kids could lose a safe haven, where founders Beyonca Johnson and Holly Medley have a motto: “Everything is possible.”


Joliet Woman Tangles With Rabid Bat In Her Kitchen

At first, Sandra Jimenez thought it was a bird. It was no bird. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talks with experts about the dangers of rabid bats.


Leo High School Alum Returns As New Principal

A Leo High School graduate returned to his south side alma mater, not for a nostalgic visit, but to take a big job.


Fans Flock To New Skokie Restaurant Jollibee For Food, Community

New Filipino restaurant Jollibee, located in Skokie, has become a fast food sensation.


Technology Helps A Blind Cubs Fan ‘See’ The Action

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago Cubs fan hasn’t seen the sights of Wrigley Field since a terrible accident left him blind. In this original report, Jim Williams tells us how new technology helps him see […]


Women Join Forces To Build Homes, And Rebuild Lives, In West Pullman

A year ago Angela Spencer and her daughter and dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers began their work. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Illinois GOP Leaders Plan To Skip GOP Convention

Some top Illinois Republicans plan to boycott their national convention this month.


Teen Beating Victim Organizes Anti-Violence Rally

A mob on the West Side beat a teenager so severely, he needed facial surgery; but the boy isn’t seeking revenge, he’s taking action to bring peace to his community.


Social Media Video Shows Chicago Cop Punching Arrestee On The Ground

It’s the latest confrontation caught on video and posted on social media. Police say they are investigating.


Like Flag Day Itself, WGN Flag Company Celebrates Centennial

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th, Flag Day, 100 years ago. As CBS 2 Jim Williams reports, another centennial celebration is underway at a flag company on Chicago’s South Side.


Rauner Won’t Back Off Harsh Criticism Of Chicago Schools

Gov. Bruce Rauner is facing major criticism for calling many Chicago public schools “crumbling prisons.” The governor refuses to back down.


Ebony-Jet And Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Of Recollections

Johnson Publishing in Chicago had a long relationship with the boxing great, who passed away last week at age 74.


The Human Toll Of The Illinois State Budget Stalemate

The budget crisis is taking a human toll.


Little Girl Wanders Out Of Child Care Center, Unnoticed

A little girl, not yet two years old, walked away from a child care center, unnoticed by workers.




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