Protest over plan to close West Side post offices

August 22, 2011 3:36:55 PM PDT
City and state officials rallied on Chicago's West Side Monday to protest a budget cutting plan to close 11 post offices in Chicago.

Five of those facilities on the proposed cut list are in the city's 28th Ward. Community leaders say that could nearly wipe out post offices on the West Side.

"Five closings in our community, in the 28th Ward, that's unacceptable," said State Senator Annazette Collins, (D) Chicago, 5th District. "So that means that five in the senatorial district, which my district is very large, so some of the other people won't be affected but this ward, the 28th Ward will be affected, and that's just totally unacceptable."

The U.S. Postal Service is reviewing nearly 3,700 post offices nationwide to evaluate customer traffic and access to alternate facilities before announcing closures.

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