Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has already launched a campaign site for his bid to be mayor of Chicago.


President Obama ended weeks of speculation Friday by announcing that Emanuel is leaving his administration post to enter the race in the Windy City.

By Saturday, was already online. The site is sparse, but contains a blog with coverage of his East Room departure ceremony and a candidate biography.

Later in the day, the campaign posted a video of Emanuel to the site. The former congressman announced a listening tour to kick off his campaign and said "I'm glad to be home."

The aesthetics of the site adhere closely to Obama's popular 2008 presidential campaign website. Obama has not endorsed Emanuel for mayor but said Friday he is "extraordinarily qualified for the job.

Emanuel decided to run after long-time Mayor Richard Daley (D) announced his retirement earlier this month. 

Several other candidates are expected to enter the race, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) The deadline to file to is Nov. 22. 

-- This post was updated at 5:50 p.m.