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The James W. Jardine Water PurificatiPlant Tuesday afternoon. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

The James W. Jardine Water Purification Plant Tuesday afternoon. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

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Updated: September 7, 2014 6:33AM

The front gate of the Jardine water filtration plant — one of Chicago’s main potential terrorism targets — was malfunctioning for months this year, raising security concerns among some law enforcement officials.

The Chicago Sun-Times has also discovered a disturbing example of an unauthorized civilian who managed to get past the main vehicle checkpoint for the city’s filtration plant near Navy Pier.

On June 13, security officers at Jardine stopped an Evanston man with a history of trespassing, police said. The man admitted he sneaked onto the restricted property in his car. He tailed an authorized truck through the checkpoint, parked, and walked up to a building where he was detained, police said.

The 45-year-old man wasn’t arrested. The security gate apparently was working at the time, police said.


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