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Daley Center to Get New Security System This Summer

 The Daley Center lobby will be outfitted with new security systems this month.
The Daley Center lobby will be outfitted with new security systems this month.
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DOWNTOWN — Workers and visitors to the Daley Center will be rerouted to new entrances and exits this month while the building installs a new security system in the lobby.

Improvements include automated security turnstiles activated by digital key cards and a new identification procedure for visitors. They're part of a $2 million project to update the building's security system funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"The Daley Center is among the busiest courthouses in the world, with tens of thousands of people cycling through it every day," Sheriff Tom Dart said in a written statement. "These security enhancements will enhance the ability of sheriff's deputies to maintain a safe working environment within this historic building."

While the system is being installed, the east lobby will be closed from June 16 to June 21. Then through June 30, the west lobby will be closed, with plans to reopen both lobbies by July 1.

"Authorized cardholders" approved by the Cook County Sheriff's Office will enter from the south side of the building, on Washington Street, which soon will be the official staff entrance and exit for the building. Visitors will enter on the Daley Center's north side, on Randolph Street.

Daley Center workers soon will be issued new identification cards, according to the sheriff's office.

Extra security officers will be on site Monday to help tenants and visitors navigate the detours.