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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 02:28 pm

Impeachment journal

A dramatic week at the Statehouse

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich
PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRSHNER

From Roland Burris’s testimony before the House impeachment committee, to the House impeachment vote, to Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appearance before the Senate that will soon try him, dramatic events unfolded rapidly at the Capitol last week. Among the many there to record it was Jonathan Kirshner, a Springfield-based photographer who specializes in capturing iconic storytelling images, especially in the world of politics.

His experience includes previously working as a staff photographer at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, the Record Searchlight newspaper in Redding, Calif., and internships at National Geographic magazine and several newspapers. His photography career began at the age of 16 when he started working for newspapers in southern California.

Kirshner is a graduate of Western Kentucky University’s photojournalism program where he was a two-time William Randolph Hearst Journalism competition finalist, 2nd place College Photographer of the Year, 1st place Roy Howard National Reporting winner and was named the Kentucky News Photographer Association’s student and professional photographer of the year.

Recently his coverage of the historic overtime legislative session received a second place picture story award in the 2008 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association Editorial Excellence contest. His work can be seen at www.jonathankirshner.com and www.lovelightphotography.com.

Roland Burris, Blagojevich’s appointee to fill Barack Obama’s U. S. Senate seat, testifies on Thursday, Jan. 8, before the House committee that later voted to recommend the governor’s impeachment.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRSHNER

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, left, named David Ellis, right, as the special prosecutor to handle the Senate impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Ellis has been Madigan’s legal counsel since 2006.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRSHNER

Illinois Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, presides over the chamber as members vote on the resolution to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. On Jan. 9 the Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach the governor.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRSHNER

Rep. John Fritchey, D-Chicago, whose district includes Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s home, pauses while addressing the House chamber in support of the resolution to impeach the governor.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRSHNER

Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) cast the only vote against impeachment. Patterson said after the roll call that he didn’t feel it was his job to vote to impeach the governor.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN KIRSHNER

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