Rahm Emanuel is aiming to wrap up his "listening tour" and make an announcement about his mayoral run by the end of November, just before Thanksgiving, according to sources.
In the meantime, Emanuel is lining up heavy hitters in campaign leadership positions.
For his part, Emanuel said over breakfast Wednesday morning that he slept well on election night and didn't stay up fretting over the mid term results. But he also noted the results show that "voters are concerned about their economic futures and they want more progress."
Also: "Voters are holding their elected officials on a short leash because they want to see the results that reform can deliver."
Meanwhile, Mayor Richard Daley cancelled his usual Wednesday City Hall/Council briefing. The official excuse: not feeling well. Buzz around City Hall is that the field of potential mayoral candidates is narrowing quickly.
The first day candidates can file papers for the race for mayor is Nov. 15. The last day to file is Nov. 22, so regardless of whether Emanuel or anyone else "announces" before or after Thanksgiving -- Nov. 25 -- their intentions will be known that week.
Generally, there is a long line of people waiting to file on the first day when the doors open.