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Dane County and City of Madison leaders are working together to rename the City-County Building in downtown Madison in honor of President Barack Obama.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi will be joined by members of the County Board of Supervisors and Madison City Common Council for a news conference today on the steps of the City-County Building to discuss the plan in further detail. Together, the local officials plan to announce legislative action to re-name the headquarters of city and county government in honor of the United States’ 44th president.

“Since it’s opening many decades ago, the ‘City-County’ Building on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard has only been named after the local units of government it houses,” Parisi said in a statement. “Under a new initiative by Dane County and the City of Madison, local leaders are working to change that while paying tribute to America’s 44th President.”
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For over 60 years, the City-County Building has housed both governments – City of Madison and Dane County – along with courts and part of the county jail.

The press conference announcing the joint effort to re-name the City-County Building is scheduled to start at noon today.