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Days Appear Numbered For East Aurora Postal Facility

Cartons of mail ready to be sorted sit on a shelf at the U.S. Post Office sort center. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cartons of mail ready to be sorted sit on a shelf at the U.S. Post Office sort center. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — Those who use a west suburban postal facility are preparing for what seems to be the inevitable.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, Tuesday is the last day on which the public can submit comments regarding the proposed closing of an East Aurora mail distribution center.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

The East Aurora facility is among 252 of the nation’s 461 mail processing centers slated to close because of the postal service’s financial woes, the Aurora Beacon-News reported.

There will be a public hearing this Thursday night at the Copley Theater, at 23 E. Grand Blvd. in Aurora, but written comments will only be accepted through Tuesday at the Central Illinois district office in Bedford Park, the newspaper reported.

In addition to the Aurora facility, the cuts to the U.S. Postal Service would also close the Irving Park processing center, at 11560 W. Irving Park Rd. near O’Hare International Airport, as Gary, Ind., processing center.

Operational changes are also expected to the Main Post Office at 433 W. Harrison St.

Also as a result of the proposed $3 billion in cuts, first-class mail that used to take just one day to deliver will take two to three days. Stamps will also rise in cost by 1 cent to 45 cents, starting next month.

U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) said earlier this month that the Postal Service had agreed to delay the plans, and allow Congress to pass legislation to help keep the service from going bankrupt.

A summary of information about the East Aurora facility closing is available here.