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.

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Dozens of Boy Scout troops were days away from going to New Mexico on a hiking trip.

Late Monday night, the trip was abruptly cancelled due to a UTE park fire.


Chicago Firefighter Among The 2 Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On I-57

Firefighter Brian Schofield was one of the two men killed Sunday night in a wrong-way car crash on I-57.


Hundreds Of Students March With Messages, Sending More Than 1000 Letters To Lawmakers

250 Students crowded inside a classroom at Curie High School Thursday as they prepared to march to a local post office to send a message to lawmakers.


Chicago State Professor: Roseanne Barr’s Tweet Is ‘Disheartening’

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Firefighters Remember Diver

Chicago firefighter Juan Bucio was hailed as a hero Tuesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and many who knew the father of two, who died Monday while searching for a missing boater.


Balbo Drive Could Be Renamed After Historic Civil Rights Figure

A proposal being backed by two Chicago aldermen to rename Balbo Drive after a female civil rights leader was introduced at City Hall Wednesday.


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Tax Bills Leave North Side Property Owners With Sticker Shock

Some property owners on Chicago’s north side are experiencing sticker shock after seeing double-digit property tax increases this year.


Lawmakers Push Back Decision On Carjacker Penalties Bill

Lawmakers in Springfield are pushing back against legislation aimed at tougher penalties on carjackers.


Paroled Mass Murderer Returns To Prison After Public Backlash

An elderly man convicted of mass murder 45 years ago is back in prison after residents of two Chicago area communities made it clear they did not want him living in their towns.


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Lawyers say they are having trouble convincing people to sign up to get the money they’re owed from the $61 million class action lawsuit over sales pitches to people on the national Do Not Call Registry.


Man Back In Custody After Being Accidentally Released

The manhunt was launched after Sleeper was released from Cook County Jail on Tuesday, even though he had no bail.


Parkland Survivor Seeks More Minority Input In #NeverAgain Movement

As she joined a class at Thornwood on Thursday, Mei-Ling Ho-Shing shared her memories of the horror at Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14.


Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) is the Democratic candidate for Cook County Board president.

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Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle was unanimously elected by all eighty wards and township committeemen as the new Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.


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Man Accused Of Defrauding Seniors Wants Out Of Jail

A federal judge hasn’t yet decided if Mark Diamond should be released on bond.


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Fifty years after he witnessed the assassination of his friend and mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the pain is still raw for Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.


CPS Students Travel To Memphis For King Anniversary

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