Caucus Scandal: A Look Back

That Sunday, the Wisconsin State Journal published the results of an investigation into Democratic and Republican Caucuses in the Assembly and Senate.

That investigation found caucus workers working for political campaigns on state time.

A week later, new allegations that campaign records were removed and files deleted from computers inside the capitol.

It didn't take long for a response.

That summer, both the Dane County District Attorney's office and the State Elections Board began investigations.

In May of 2002, one year after the original report, Republican Senator Brian Burke dropped out of the race for Attorney General, just hours after he was named in the investigation.

"I think this is the first tremor that will ultimately be a political earthquake and that earthquake I think will change the political landscape in Wisconsin," said Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign back in June of 2002.

In June of that year, Burke was charged with 18 felony counts of misconduct in office.

"The charges against Senator Burke do not involve any allegation whatsoever that there was pay to play, in other words, no extortion, not bribery, and it seems to me that this is a gross overkill for the kind of conduct that's alleged here," said Burke's attorney, Robert Friebert in July of 2002.

The investigation didn't end there, and in October 2002, the other political shoe fell.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala was charged with 20 felonies.

Republican Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen was charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor. His aide, Sherry Schultz was faced a similar felony charge.

Republican representative Steve Foti was charged with a felony count of misconduct in office. And Representative Bonnie Ladwig was charged with a single misdemeanor.

Those charges began a three year journey through the court system.

Then, last year, as they faced going to trial, a domino effect of plea bargains began.

On October fifth, Brian Burke pleaded guilty to two felony counts, and was sentenced to six months in jail. He's serving that sentence at home, with work release privileges.

On October 25th, Chuck Chvala pleaded guilty to two of 19 felony charges. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and two years probation.

On December 28th, Bonnie Ladwig pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge.

On January 13th of this year, Steve Foti made a deal, pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor charge in exchange for testifying at Scott Jensen's trial.

Both Foti and Ladwig face sentencing later this month.