Post Office Considering Closure Of 13 Area Locations

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Chicago and the suburbs will both feel it if the U.S. Postal Service goes ahead with plans to close about 10% of its post offices.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, the Postal Service is trying to ease the pain by saying that many of the closed buildings will be replaced by what are called village post offices – based in local stores, libraries or local government buildings.

Postmaster General Patrick Donohue said while “We do feel that we are still relevant to the American public and the economy, we have to make some tough choices.”

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

Donohue also said that includes closing about 3,700 small post offices nationwide, including some rural branches that get business less than two hours per day, even though they’re open longer.

On the possible closing list for the Chicago area are ten post offices in the city:

3639 W. 79th St.,
611 W. 63rd St.,
700 E. 61ST St.,
6559 S. Ashland Ave.,
2345 S. Wentworth Ave.,
168 N. Clinton St.;
4222 W. Madison St.,
116 S. Western Ave.,
324 S Laramie Ave.
and 5001 W. Division St.

In the suburbs, branches in Riverdale, LaGrange park, and Hillside also could be closed.

No office will be closed before December and, until then, the Postal Service will be taking public comment about the impact of closing the post offices on the list.

Post office business has declined overall in recent years, as much of first class business – including paying of bills – has migrated to the Internet.

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  • Chivi

    YES!!!! Besides being rude and lazy the service is very poor. Too many chiefs and not enough indians. We could use the walk!!!

  • Chata

    Good, only ghetto iditots work at these. They need to do a rehaul of all these government offices and get rid of the types that excell at avoiding work. I mean if these people can only do “customer service” jobs because they have zero skills or education, shouldn’t they try to value their jobs?

    • Drew

      ‘Ghetto iditots’, Chata? REALLY? So you’re saying in effect that every man and woman working for the U.S. Postal Service hails from the ghetto, lacks other skills, lacks a ‘real’ education and simply does not value his/her job? Isn’t that rather insulting to all of the wonderful employees that deliver your mail six days a week? That work, without your knowledge, tirelessly to do a great job? That live in tidy working or middle-class communities and take pride in themselves, their families and neighbors? You’re out of line. And, I’d hardly call anyone an idiot when you can’t spell the word properly. You’re dismissed–for life.

      • Maria

        Well said Drew. I think Chata is an idiot and does not recognize those hard worker employees out there who do their best to deliver mail whether it is hot, cold or just plain deadly outside. These are committed employees, and work hard for their money. For Chata, you are the ghetto idiot!

  • iinoyfb2

    I moved to paying bills via my computer several years ago because I got tired of the Post Office loosing (or delaying) my bills and my payment delivery.

    I purchased first set of “forever” stamps, you know the ones that have no enomination and are good at the current standard postage rate. I bought a ton of them, knowing that the price of stamps goes up year after year. The Post Office played this to the consumer, pay now and save later. I needed to mail a letter fast so i want to the poist office to mail it and they tried to tell me that I needed additional postage bacause my stamp was “old” and of less value. I refused and mailed it at the box and it want through no problem. I think the Lyons Post Office was and is scamming people.

  • Harold Blunden

    Why are they closing Asburn???
    Every time I was there it looked like it was doing a lot of business.
    Why are they targeting poor and minority areas to close post offices?
    Why are they selling stamps in other retail stores so they will have less revenue at the post office and will close it?
    It makes it difficult on all of us.
    Not fair.

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