With Mayor Rahm Emanuel not seeking a third term more people are considering jumping in the wide-open 2019 Chicago City Hall race – where there is no obvious front-runner.

As of October, there were 17 announced candidates in the race, with more expected to jump in. One of those will not be Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia. But maybe Chance the Rapper is considering a bid.

September proved to be hot month for candidates announcing plans to run.

After considering a bid, Rep. Mike Quigley D-Ill., on Sunday said he would not run, saying it was more important for him to serve, in this Trump era,  on the Appropriations and Select Intelligence committees.

Three major figures also jumped into the race: Bill Daley, the brother and son of Chicago mayors and a former Commerce Secretary; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; and Gery Chico, a former Chicago Public School Board president and former chair of the City Colleges Board of Trustees.

Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet took a look at the state of the evolving race as of a week ago.

While Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is mulling a bid, Democratic activist and donor Martin Castro said he was launching a drive to persuade her to run.  Supporters were circulating petitions to “draft” her into the ring at the “Women’s March to the Polls” in October.

Arne Duncan, the former Chicago public schools chief and Obama’s Education Secretary, is not interested in the job, a spokesman said.

The Sun-Times is tracking declared and prospective mayoral candidates. This list will be updated in the coming days and weeks. Please keep checking.

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