Jim Williams

New 7th Ward Ald. Natashia Holmes. (CBS)

Attitudes Toward Emanuel Could Play Role In 7th Ward Aldermanic Runoff

In all, voters in 19 wards will go to the polls in April. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports in the 7th Ward on the South Side, the race will likely be affected by attitudes toward Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

02/25/2015

A manuscript by famed author Richard Wright, part of the Vivian Harsh collection at the Woodson Library. (Credit: CBS)

South Side Library Features Treasure Trove Of African American History

CBS’s Jim Williams reports the collection is the result of a visionary who started her work in the early 20th century.

02/23/2015

Day care operator Mildred Hughes says she lost state funding weeks ago. (Credit: CBS)

State Funding Cuts Add To Struggles Of South Side Day Care Operator

CBS 2’s Jim Williams visited a South Side family hurt by state budget cuts even before the governor took office.

02/18/2015

Alstory Simon leaves prison.

Freed Inmate Sues Northwestern, Others For $40M For Coercing False Confession

A 64-year-old man who was freed from prison last year, after prosecutors dropped charges in a 1982 double murder case, has filed a $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University, accusing a former professor and his team of railroading him into a false confession.

02/17/2015

Greyhound passenger Kim Pittman. (CBS)

Greyhound Passenger Stranded In Chicago: ‘I’m About To Lose It’

Greyhound abruptly canceled some southbound bus service because of dangerous driving conditions. That means some passengers are stuck in Chicago, maybe until Tuesday, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

02/16/2015

Members of the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago celebrate following their 7-5 win over the West Team from Las Vegas during the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on August 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pa. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Many Chicagoans Greet JRW Decision With Sadness

CBS 2’s Jim Williams takes a look why so many are feeling so many emotions that JRW lost its title.

02/11/2015

A man listens to a record in a music shop October 7, 2003 in London. Falling sales of CD's and the imminent relaunch of online music swapshop 'Napster' have forced retailers to slash their prices. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Vinyl Refuses To Stop Spinning

Even in the digital music age, LPs are selling strong. CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains why.

02/08/2015

(Credit: Northwestern University)

Sister Of Warren Buffett Donates $100M To Northwestern

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s sister has donated $100 million to Northwestern University, which the suburban Chicago school says is the largest single gift in its history.

01/28/2015

Twin brothers Pedro and Margarito Flores were sentenced to 14 years each for drug conspiracy charges. They became informants against the Sinaloa Cartel, in exchange for reduced charges, and helped the feds nab cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (Undated wanted poster photos)

Twins Who Turned On Drug Cartel Get 14 Years In Prison

A federal judge has sentenced twin Chicago brothers to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion U.S. drug franchise using cocaine and heroin supplied by Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

01/27/2015

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Would Using Deflated Balls Give New England Patriots Big Advantage?

Did the New England Patriots cheat in their conference championship game? There’s reportedly new evidence today that footballs were deliberately under-inflated.

01/21/2015

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Lower Gas Prices Mean Extra Cash For Municipalities

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports months ago governments they didn’t anticipate today’s plunging oil prices, so now they have extra money. But one analyst warns: don’t be so quick to spend it on other things.

01/20/2015

Boyede Sobita with the Nigerian American Professional Association

Local Nigerian-Americans Wonder Why Boko Haram Massacre Isn’t Getting Attention?

The terrorist attack in Paris galvanized the world and sparked overwhelming sympathy. But the reaction to a massacre in Nigeria at the same time has been much different, even though many more people died there.

01/14/2015

A Chicago Streets & Sanitation worker cleans anti-Semitic graffiti from a garage in West Rogers Park. Several garages and a small synagogue were vandalized on Sunday. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Chicago Incidents Detailed In Wiesenthal Center Report On Midwest Anti-Semitism

What do vandalism on Chicago’s North Side and bullying at a public school here have in common? CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports both ended up on a list tracking Anti-Semitism in the Midwest.

01/13/2015

Pedestrians use Chicago's little-known "Pedway," a system of tunnels. (CBS)

Pedway Offers Warm Shortcuts To Avoid Cold Downtown

For those of us who had to come to work, the key to staying warm can be a few shortcuts, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

01/07/2015

Pedestrians brave the cold weather as they make their way down the street during the start of a severe cold snap Wednesday night. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicagoans Brave Freezing Temps

With temperatures plunging Monday, CBS 2’s Jim Williams spent the day with people who have no choice but to endure the cold.

01/05/2015

Chicago Bears fans bring out the bags early the first quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

For Beleaguered Bears Fans, A Sense Of Relief

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports Bears enthusiasts were glad that team owners began to make sweeping changes by firing General Manager Phil Emery and Coach Marc Trestman.

12/29/2014

The former Dominick's store in the South Shore neighborhood is the only Dominick's location that has yet to find a new owner, but local residents think they've found a buyer in New Orleans-based Sterling Farms, owned by actor and entrepreneur Wendell Pierce. (Credit: CBS)

One Year After Dominick’s Pullout, South Shore Remains A ‘Food Desert’

Now, the local alderman is taking action, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/26/2014

Donatello Herrera. (Family-provided photo)

Community Donates Money, Gifts To Family Of Murdered Chicago Man

One week ago, a 35-year-old man described as a devoted father and husband was shot to death as he left work.

12/24/2014

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Fioretti Proposes Ending Red Light Camera Program

In the wake of a new study questioning the safety claims the city has used to justify its red light camera system, mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti on Monday said it’s time to take down every red light camera in Chicago.

12/22/2014

Donatello Herrera. (Family-provided photo)

Police Searching For Gunman Who Killed Father Of Three Near Bus Stop

Chicago Police are looking for the killer of a 35-year-old father of three who was gunned down early Wednesday morning at a CTA bus stop, right after he left work.

12/17/2014

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