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Sears Tower undergoes name change


CHICAGO (AP) -- Say goodbye to the Sears Tower.

It's not going anywhere. It's just going to be officially known as something else.

The famous Chicago skyscraper will be renamed the Willis Tower. Mayor Richard Daley and others will preside over a rechristening ceremony today.

Why Willis Tower? Because the London-based insurance brokerage Willis Group Holdings got the naming rights as part of an agreement to lease 140,000 square feet of space.

But some locals aren't sold.

Chicago teacher Marianne Turk says: "It's always going to be the Sears Tower. It's part of Chicago and I won't call it Willis Tower. In Chicago we hold fast."

The 110-story skyscraper has been known as Sears Tower since it opened in 1973. Its original tenant, Sears Roebuck and Co., moved out in 1992 but its sign stayed.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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