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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.

Thousands waited in line to get an application for a few hundred subsidized apartments. (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Wait In Line For Subsidized Housing Applications

We’ve seen signs the economy is improving, but in the Edgewater neighborhood today, we saw how many Chicagoans are struggling. CBS’s 2 Jim Williams has the story in this original report.


Former Marine Sergeant Luis Garcia being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal at Great Lakes Naval Station. (Credit: CBS)

Local Marine Awarded Medal For Bravery In Afghanistan

It is a high military honor for bravery, once awarded to John F. Kennedy years before he was elected president.


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All Eyes On A-Rod As Media Swarm Chicago

It’s been awhile since there’s been this much attention at a White Sox game.



Arrests Made In Chicago As Part Of Sex Trafficking Sweep By FBI

Agents and police officers swept through 76 cities, including Chicago. Across the country, they rescued 105 children and arrested 150 pimps.


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Need For Special-Ed Teachers Provides Opportunities For Millennials

Young people right out of college call it a crisis as the unemployment rate among the millennials is high. CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports there is a profession with lots of job openings, but the work is very demanding.


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Indiana Could Provide Clues To How Concealed-Carry Will Work In Illinois

Indiana has allowed people to pack heat for two years. CBS 2′s Jim Williams went there to see how it works.


Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / François Laplante-Delagrave (Photo credit should read François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images)

Head Of Rosemont-Based Rail Company Vows To Help Quebec Town After Wreck

While the cause is still under investigation CBS 2′s Jim Williams talked with the boss of that company about his plan to help a small Quebec town in need.


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Local Car Dealers Seeing Big Boost In Sales As Economy Improves

CBS 2′s Jim Williams went to one Chicago dealership today to explain the turnaround.


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Number Of Food Insecure People Continues To Swell In Chicago Area

We’ve seen signs the economy is improving, but a new report today reveals many people here in the Chicago area are still struggling and the number is growing.


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North Aurora Police Investigating Drano Bomb Explosions

Multiple homemade bombs were planted outside five homes and several exploded. The explosions were small, but potentially very dangerous.


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Some Schools Breaking Medical Law Protecting Young Diabetics

Three years ago, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation requiring schools to always have someone in the buildings trained to care for a child with diabetes. CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports.


Holly Lipshultz, worked hard in school, earning a master's degree, but she cannot get the job she wants. (Credit: CBS)

Millennials Being Hit By ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’

No doubt, you’ve heard of the mid-life crisis. It affects people in their 40s and 50s. But did you know there’s a quarter-life crisis, too? It’s hitting the youngest adults.


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Animal Rights Activists Want Protections Enforced For Downtown Carriage Horses

They are big and strong and they work hard: the horses that pull the carriages downtown. Do you know the city has a number OF laws aimed at protecting them?


A worker removes damaged drywall from a flood-damaged home in Lombard on April 24, 2013, nearly a week after widespread flooding in the Chicago area from heavy rains. (Credit: CBS)

Cleanup Costs Can Pile Up For Flood Victims With Worst Damage

Nearly a week after widespread flooding damaged thousands of homes and businesses in the Chicago area, the exhausting and costly cleanup process continued for many flood victims on Wednesday.

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Security expert and former Chicago police commander Neil Sullivan. (Credit: CBS)

Security Expert Provides Tips On How To Look For Suspicious Activity

Security expert and former Chicago police commander Neil Sullivan was at the wheel in a North Side neighborhood showing CBS 2 what to see and when something looks suspicious.


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Mother, Son Square Off In South Suburban Mayoral Election

There are not a lot of big names getting voters excited but the race for mayor in south suburban Dixmoor has an interesting twist worth noting.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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.