Jim Williams

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.

Hadiya Pendleton Murder Trial: Day 3

The third day of the Hadiya Pendleton murder trial was marked by tearful testimony.

08/16/2018

Dozens Of Teens Fight On Michigan Avenue

A brawl involving multiple people broke out near Chicago’s Water Tower Place Tuesday night, prompting police to direct the crowd to the CTA Red Line.

08/15/2018

Saying Goodbye To A Blackhawks Legend

“For all of this skill and all of his fame, he really was a wonderful human being.”

08/12/2018

For Crime Witnesses, Family Safety Can Outweigh A Community’s Security

“I was approached with the opportunity to not go to prison, provided I gave information on everybody in the neighborhood. I decided against it.”

08/09/2018

The Night The Lights Went On In Wrigley

After 8-8-88, the quaint, intimate ballpark and neighborhood would never be the same. 

08/08/2018

CPD To Deploy 400+ Additional Officers To Chicago’s West, South Sides

Supt. Eddie Johnson stated 430 more officers will be on patrol during the week and 600 more on weekends on Chicago’s South and West sides.

08/07/2018

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Young Entrepreneurs Work To Transform Their Communities

Young entrepreneurs are learning how to create opportunities, not just for themselves, but for their communities.

08/06/2018

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Revenge Porn Allegations Result In Freshman Lawmaker’s Resignation

Illinois Rep. Nick Sauer resigned after being accused of sending nude photos of his ex-girlfriend, Kate Kelly, to other men on Instagram.

08/01/2018

Chatham Community Shaken By Death of Popular 82-Year-Old

The Chatham community is mourning the death of a popular 82-year-old neighbor who was gunned down while walking his dog two weeks ago.

07/30/2018

Puurfect Day To Adopt A Pet At PAWS Chicago

PAWS, which created the national model for no-kill shelters, is at capacity right now and desperately needs the room to save more animals.

07/28/2018

At Full Capacity, PAWS Chicago Needs People To Take In Pets

This Saturday and Sunday, if you take in an older cat or dog, PAWS Chicago will wave the fees. 

07/26/2018

Man Was Driving 107 MPH In Crash That Killed Wheeling Teen

A Wheeling man driving more than 100 MPH through a quiet suburban intersection Saturday afternoon caused a fatal crash that killed a teenager.

07/25/2018

Special Olympics Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary In Chicago

“They weren’t a part of the community back then like they are today.”

07/20/2018

South Side Church Helps Unemployed Find Work With Apprenticeship Program

One south side church is trying to change the statistics, pointing to one young man who has drastically changed his life, from a drug dealer and prison inmate to becoming a construction worker.

07/18/2018

Printers Row Losing Its Last Link To Its Past

Chicago was once the publishing capital of the world for books, magazines, and catalogs. From the late 19th century through much of the 20th century, most of the work was done in one city neighborhood. As CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports, Printers Row is losing the last link to its past.

07/17/2018

CPS Requiring Background Checks, Fingerprinting For Employees Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

Chicago Public Schools is checking the background of thousands of CPS employees following reports students were sexually abused by teachers and other adults.

07/16/2018

DOJ Reopens The Murder Investigation Of Emmett Till

“She died with this mission to seek justice for her son.”

07/12/2018

Judge Who Brought Gun To Court To Remain Off Bench

A veteran Cook County Judge has been stripped from the bench and placed on administrative duty pending further notice from an executive committee. 

07/11/2018

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2 Officers From Same District Die, Two Days Apart

For the second time this week, a Chicago police officer from the same district has died 

07/10/2018

President Trump To Announce Supreme Court Nominee

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court.

07/09/2018

Bizarre Rialmo Trial Verdict Analyzed

CHICAGO (CBS)—It was a bizarre 15 minutes at the Daley Center Wednesday evening when a judge delivered an unexpected twist favoring cop Robert Rialmo by trumping a jury’s decision to give a million dollars to the family the man Rialmo shot and killed. The ruling triggered the end of the wrongful death civil lawsuit involving […]

06/28/2018

Homeless Man Receives Posthumous Tributes

What he offered touched thousands over several years in Chicago’s Loop.

06/27/2018

Chicago Cop Favored In Conflicting Trial Verdict

Officer Robert Rialmo shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier while responding to a domestic disturbance call on the day after Christmas in 2015.

06/27/2018

Chicagoans With Family Abroad Criticize Supreme Court’s Travel Ban Ruling

CBS 2’s Jim Williams shows how the Muslim travel ban ruling affects families in Chicago with loved ones overseas.

06/26/2018

Partner of Officer Rialmo Says He “Feared For His Life”

The civil trial of police officer Robert Rialmo continued Monday, when his partner told jurors he feared for his own life moments before Rialmo shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier and neighbor Bettie Jones.

06/25/2018

Officer Rialmo Testifies In Wrongful Death Lawsuit: “No Choice But To Meet Deadly Force With Deadly Force”

The Chicago police officer at the center of a high-profile shooting says he had little choice but to meet “deadly force with deadly force.”

06/20/2018

Officer Rialmo Testifies In 2015 Wrongful Death Lawsuit Of Quintonio LeGrier

The Chicago officer involved in a deadly police shooting in 2015 is speaking out for the first time since the incident.

06/19/2018

Making Elon Musk’s Underground Transit Plans A Reality

The Boring equipment Elon Musk will use is far more sophisticated than the excavation methods that made way for Chicago’s subway systems.

06/14/2018

Families Plea To Find Missing Girls On Chicago’s South Side

Chicago Police are addressing a growing concern that predators may be targeting young African American women.

06/13/2018

Chicago Street Gangs Put Under Microscope In Gang Book

Chicago street gangs are put under a magnifying glass in a new book revealed by the Chicago Crime Commission this week. 

06/12/2018

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