West Siders Upset About Threat To Close 5 Post Offices

CHICAGO (CBS) — Some West Side elected officials and residents are upset the U.S. Postal Service is thinking about closing five post offices on the West Side as part of a cost-cutting move.

And as WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, they let the Postal Service know about it Monday.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Tom Lenore used one of the post offices that is on the bubble, and he does not want it to close.

“It would be very inconvenient for me, because that would mean I would have to look for another post office close to where I live,” he said.

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) says there needs to be a postal presence on the West Side, and that people would have to go too far for services if the five post offices closed.

“Why do we have to go to Oak Park for something that we should be getting right here in our community?” Ervin said. “Why do I have to go to Cicero to mail a letter? Why should I have to go to Berwyn? Why do I have to go all the way downtown to mail a letter? That makes no sense – not in this community.”

Postal Service spokesman Mark Reynolds says no final decision has been made on the facilities, and a decision probably will not be issued until fall.

But he says mail volume is way down, and, “something definitely has to give.”

Altogether, the Postal Service plans to close 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 West Side, from the West Loop to Austin, the following five locations are on the possible closing list:

168 N. Clinton St.;
4222 W. Madison St.,
116 S. Western Ave.,
324 S Laramie Ave.;
and 5001 W. Division St.

Five South Side post office locations, and branches in Riverdale, Hillside, and LaGrange Park could also be closed.

  • ChicagoCitizen

    I think I have used the post office once in the last 5 years. Letters can be mailed at numerous locations, UPS has excellent package pick up and delivery. Stamps can be purchased at grocery stores, currency exchanges, etc. What services would be unavailable to people if these post office locations were closed? This Ervin guy doesn’t sound to bright if he is going to drive to another town to mail a letter, instead of dropping it in a local mailbox.

    • Ald. Jason C. Ervin

      That would be nice but come here and drive around and you will see there are very few mailboxes. Why should residents here have to pay a surcharge to use a currency exchange? Would you stand for such? If you believe in all of the other outlets, let them close the post office in your community and leave ours alone.

  • Uncle Slam Goes Broke Again

    Try putting some of the blue post office collection boxes back on the street, place them in safe spots, if you can find a safe spot in chicago. The post office is broke beyond the point of ever being fixed, due to poor management and the fact that methods of communication and shipping has changed over the years. I have seen first hand how the usps has waisted millions of dollars on fancy equipment that was never even used and later sold for scrap, true story, wages are good maybe too good for the work performed.

  • Valerie F. Leonard

    You left off Hawthorne Station on 23rd and Pulaski, which serves North Lawndale and South Lawndale, 60623. This station is heavily used by the African American and Latino communities. I don’t know where African Americans from the southern half of North Lawndale would go if this station is closed. It’s amazing, this station was re-named for an African American, Otis Grant Collins. I understand that a number of post offices named for African Americans are on the list of stations to be potentially closed. It’s a shame that stations on the list all over the country are mostly in minority and rural communities.

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