Elected officials rally to save West Side post offices

August 22, 2011
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State Sen. Annazette Collins and Ald. Jason Ervin were expected to rally with local residents today at 9 a.m. at the Mary Alice Henry Post Office, 4222 W. Madison St., to show their opposition to plans by the U.S. Postal Service that could lead to the closing of several West Side offices, including three in Austin.

“Every post office that serves my ward, in a (worst-case) scenario, would be closed,”  Ervin (28th) told the Chicago Tribune. “This is going to disproportionately impact the people of the West Side of Chicago.”

AustinTalks first reported the possible closings last month.

Five of the 11 Chicago locations on the chopping block are on the West Side. In addition to the site of the planned protest, they are at 2302 S. Pulaski Road, 116 S. Western Ave., 5001 W. Division St. and 324 S. Laramie Ave.

Another protest meeting is set for 2 p.m. Aug. 23rd at the Senior Satellite Center, 5071 W. Congress Parkway. Click here for more information.

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