The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee supporting Congressional candidates in this region initially reserved $3.6 million in advertising time to be applied on behalf their candidates Tammy Duckworth (8th), Brad Schneider (10th) and Bill Foster (11th). They reserved this air time for television advertising in the Chicago Media market, which is quite expensive.
Now the $1,037.00 they reserved for the week of October 23, 2012 through October 29, 2012 for these three candidates has been cut back to $297,000.00, representing an over 70% decrease. There is no indication how the money would be designated for each candidate.
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times speculates this is occurring because the Democrats feel Duckworth is ahead. Her article can be accessed here. Ms. Sweet further asserts that these reductions occur when the committee determines a candidate is running strongly or poorly.
A similar article on this subject appears on the National Journal hotline.
If the Democrats are underestimating Joe Walsh, that's fine with me. Walsh just didn't suddenly materialize and get lucky last time, winning by a couple hundred votes, he worked extremely hard running around the entire district and hardly raised a dime in donations. He earned that victory the hard way, one door at a time, one hand shake at a time. Right now he is doing the same thing but this time he has some serious money behind him as well.
I wouldn't expect a straight answer from the DCCC, and it would make sense politically for them not to give anyone a straight answer for the pullout.
So everyone else gets to wonder . . .