Rahm Emanuel's public announcement of what many already knew privately -- "one day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago" -- has caused quite a stir in local and national political circles.
Gov. Quinn laughed it off, saying he thought "the world was enough" for Rahm. Attorney General Lisa Madigan described the speculation as "premature." Congressman Luis Gutierrez said Emanuel "won't get my endorsement any time soon."
But perhaps William Daley, the mayor's brother, had the most astute comment a month ago, when the Rahm-for-mayor rumors last circulated: if he wants to replace Mayor Daley, Rahm had better "get in line."
Indeed, after 20 years of Daley, there are dozens of powerful, skilled politicians angling for the mayor's seat. HuffPost Chicago has compiled a brief summary of a few of the power players who have been discussed as possible successors. Vote on which you think is the most likely to be the next mayor of Chicago.
Of course, all this is contingent on Mayor Daley's choosing not to run for re-election. And as the Sun-Times' Fran Spielman reports, while Daley appears drained at times by the city's struggling economy and his wife's persistent illness, he may not be ready to walk away from politics quite yet.
Still, in the spirit of Rahm's announcement, we take a look at the biggest names on the list of potential mayoral candidates.