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.

A job fair sponsored by the Chicago Urban League. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Urban League Job Fair Draws Long Lines

We hear so much about the improving economy and that more people are working. In fact the national unemployment rate is 6.3 percent now, much lower than during the recession a few years ago.


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Some Borrowers Could End Up Paying More In Interest Under Obama’s Student Loan Plan

On Monday, he expanded a program to make it easier for graduates to make their monthly loan payments. But CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports it could cost them more in the long run.


Closed Sign

HomeMade Pizza Chain Closes

An analyst says the so-called “fast-casual” restaurant market is increasingly competitive today. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


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WWII Veteran Awarded Medal Posthumously

John Bock survived the Battle of the Bulge and went on to have a distinguished career as an aeronautical engineer, never discussing his bravery on the battlefield. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Zion nuclear power plant. (Credit: CBS)

Decommissioning Of Zion Nuclear Plant Raises Safety Concerns

It’s the largest closing of a nuclear plant in the United States and, it’s right in our backyard. The most critical and dangerous part of the process at Zion is underway right now with the transfer of used nuclear fuel.


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Activist: Gage Park Property Was Used For Human Trafficking

A community activist says teenage girls — runaways — were held captive and forced by pimps to have sex.


Proposal Would Make Illinois Small Businesses Give Retirement Accounts To Employees

If you work for a small business, would you want the state of Illinois involved with your retirement account?


Donald Sterling. (Getty Images)

Sponsors Ditching Clippers After Owner’s Alleged Racist Comments

Several sponsors of the Los Angeles Clippers announced Monday that they will end their relationship with the team after owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist comments.


Blackhawks fans line up outside the United Center. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Fans Optimistic Team Will Turn It Around

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports there were cloudy skies outside the United Center, but the weather didn’t reflect the mood. Blackhawks fans are optimistic, even though they trail in the series 2-0.



Consumers, Store Owners Feeling Pinch Of Higher Meat Prices

This is not the best time to be a meat eater as beef prices are at an all-time high and a virus is sweeping the country, killing millions of pigs in the last several months.


Johntile McGee, 10, was arrested after urinating in an alley. His mother said police accused him of having a gun, and Johntile said they asked if he was in a gang. He was released, cited only for public urination. (Credit: CBS)

Mother Wants Answers After She Says Chicago Police Arrested 10-Year-Old Son

He is a child, but his mother says he was arrested as she stood right there, helpless. In this original report, Jim Williams reports the mother wants answers from the officers’ bosses.


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Community Activist Andrew Holmes: ‘It’s About Helping People’

The well-known community activist is recognized with a day in his honor. CBS 2’s Jim Williams sat down with him.


William Jones College Preparatory High School, at 606 S. State St. (Credit: CBS)

New Jones Prep Athletic Field Will Be Open To Public

A new athletic facility will be built for a South Loop high school, but officials are avoiding the kind of controversy that surrounded a soccer field in Lincoln Park. CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains in this original report.


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Findings Released From Milestone Study On Health Of Hispanic Population

Researchers released the results of one of the biggest studies of its kind on Monday at UIC. The study examined the health of Hispanics in America, including in Chicago.


Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Target Of Alleged Murder Plot Testifies In Mandell Trial

For first time in the murder plot trial of former Chicago Police officer Steve Mandell, we heard from the man prosecutors say Mandell planned to kill.


Falling Ice

Rising Temps Lead To Ice Falling From Downtown Buildings

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports one person after another, even a woman with a baby, crossed the street without realizing the potential danger as big chucks of ice and snow were falling from the top of the CTA station on to the crosswalk at Van Buren and Federal.


Michael Sam. (Getty Images)

Local Football Coach Predicts Wide Acceptance Of Openly Gay NFL Prospect

University of Missouri defensive end/linebacker Michael Sam came out over the weekend. If he is drafted, as expected, he would be the first openly gay NFL player.


Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

Alderman Says Progress Has Been Made Since Hadiya Pendleton’s Death

King College Prep held a memorial service this afternoon. Students placed purple tape on their lockers. Purple was Hadiya’s favorite color. A portrait of the honor student hangs in the school main office. CBS 2’s Jim Williams tells us what’s changed in the community where Hadiya lost her life.


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One Year Later, Hadiya Pendleton’s Parents Reflect On Teen’s Death

A year ago Wednesday, the murder of one teenage girl stunned the city and inspired renewed efforts to stop gun violence.


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Natural Gas Usage, Bills Spike During Cold Snap

Many of us are paying the price for trying to stay warm in this prolonged cold spell. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.