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Jim Williams

More Than 50 Suburbs Approve Electric Rate Bargaining Referenda

Village President David Pope told CBS 2′s Jim Williams there have been no major complaints or power outages so far. “No issues like that,” he said. Some in Oak Park will end up saving $100 a year on their electric bills, because voters last year decided Oak Park should put up bids to ...

Your Chicago: Chatham

In 1958, CBS 2 reporter Jim Williams moved into a small, but brand-new home in Chatham. “Twenty thousand dollars my folks paid for this house, and we moved in 50 years ago,” he tells Sullivan on a tour. With a policeman father and a teacher for a mother, Williams and his brother ...

Buffett, Goldman Boss Tout Small Business Program At Malcolm X College

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports billionaire Warren Buffett and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein helped give advice to dozens of small business owners who graduated from a program at Malcolm X College on Tuesday. Ken Williams is a successful businessman, owner of “The Shred Authority,” a ...

City Sticker Alert: Workers On Hunt For Scofflaws

(Credit: Jim Williams/CBS) CHICAGO (CBS) — The dreaded city vehicle sticker deadline just passed in Chicago. That means workers are out in every neighborhood, looking for drivers who didn’t pay up. CBS 2′s Jim Williams went along for the ride and noticed something very different ...

CeaseFire Questions Part Of Emanuel’s Anti-Violence Strategy

Anti-Violence Strategy, CeaseFire, gang violence, Jim Williams, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, Rev. Johnny Miller, The Interrupters, Tio Hardiman CHICAGO (CBS) – Gang murders in Chicago are on the rise. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is feeling the ...

Latest Weather Forecast, And A Look Back At The Blizzard Of ’67 « CBS Chicago

People were walking in the middle of busy streets,” CBS 2′s Jim Williams said back in 2007. “I have never seen a snowstorm like this.” Some of the estimated 75 million tons of snow was sent south to Florida by rail, for children who had never seen snow, according to the Chicago Public ...

Consumers, Store Owners Feeling Pinch Of Higher Meat Prices

CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports it means all of us are paying more for that steak or bacon. Gepperth’s Meat Market has been a Lincoln Park institution for more than a century. Otto and Dianna Demke are hands-on owners, forced to shell out more money for beef and pork since the beginning of ...

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

CBS 2’s Jim Williams sat down with Holmes to find out what makes him so committed to making a difference. When a teenager is caught in gang crossfire or when a child is missing there’s a good chance Andrew Holmes will be there. “I’m on a mission,” he says. While we call him a community ...

New Jones Prep Athletic Field Will Be Open To Public

CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains in this original report. Jones College Prep has a brand new, state of the art building. But in the land-locked South Loop, there’s no room on campus for an athletic field, so the city will convert a vacant lot two miles south of the high school. The land is ...

Findings Released From Milestone Study On Health Of Hispanic Population

CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports it was not always easy getting the results. Six years ago, there was a knock on the door at Noe Favela’s family home. They weren’t salespeople but researchers going door to door in places like Chicago’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood and three other cities: New ...

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. The station is only a few ...

Local Football Coach Predicts Wide Acceptance Of Openly Gay NFL Prospect

“This is a step in the right direction,” Randall Townsel tells CBS 2’s Jim Williams. Townsel played at Northern Illinois University and today coaches a high school team on Chicago’s South Side. He says attitudes in football have changed since he started playing more than 30 years ago. He ...

Natural Gas Usage And Bills Spike During Recent Cold Snaps

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports. Rajiv Ravulapati works for the Citizens Utility Board, the energy watchdog group. So he knows the steps to take to conserve energy. That hasn’t stopped the gas bill for him and his roommates from skyrocketing over the past two months. In November, it was ...

Chicago Leaders Mentoring Young African-Americans

CBS 2′s Jim Williams introduces to a couple of Chicagoans who are offering effective and selfless leadership in their own way. They are not elected officials or ministers with long ties to the civil rights community, but Kelly Fair and Dwayne Bryant are indeed leaders, heading groups ...

Metra Commuters Still Have Rough Ride After Last Week’s Brutal Weather

Commuters are angry, telling CBS 2′s Jim Williams that in many cases they’re getting on trains, only to be told to get off because they’re too crowded. This on top of last week’s weather-related problems. Now, officials are asking Metra to explain. “People were standing in the vestibule...

Homeless Woman In Hyde Park Refuses Offers To Move Inside To Shelter

CBS 2′s Jim Williams found one woman on Chicago’s streets who rejects even the best intentions. Under a viaduct in Hyde Park, under a mere comforter, is a middle-aged woman who calls a sidewalk home. Her name is Christine. She tells anyone who tries to help that she is “doing just fine.” ...

Open Enrollment For Concealed-Carry Gun Permit Starts Sunday

But, as CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports, there’s a whole lot more to Illinois’ concealed-carry law. “You have to be trained,” said gun instructor Andre Queen. Training must take place at a state-certified place like Fidelity Security and Investigative Services. Even though Percy Lovette was ...

Quinn Anticipates Campaign Jabs In 2014

“When you pass a pension reform that has defied previous governors for decades — we got it done this year,” the Chicago Democrat tells CBS 2’s Jim Williams in a one-on-one interview. “Marriage equality was something that was very important to civil rights in Illinois. I got that done ...

South Side Church Provides Merry Christmas To Less Fortunate

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports. To capture Christmas morning at the Apostolic Faith Church, look no further than Elijah Warren. All of 10 years old, he handed out toiletries to people who live in shelters, instead playing with his new toys at home. Elijah was one of the many joyous ...

Seriously Ill Kids Fly To “North Pole” To Meet Santa

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the Starlight Children’s Foundation fulfilled its mission to bring happiness to seriously ill kids on Saturday, when they worked with United Airlines to take more than 80 kids on trip they’ll never forget. Flight attendants sang Christmas carols as the kids ...

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