WBEZ | post office http://www.wbez.org/tags/post-office Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicagoans read Santa letters, help grant wishes http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-read-santa-letters-help-grant-wishes-104309 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/magma666.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hundreds of Chicagoans are getting in the holiday spirit by reading letters that local children send to Santa &mdash; then making their wishes come true.</p><p>The U.S. Post Office in Chicago has received more than 12,000 letters at its Operation Santa station and more arrive every day.</p><p>Officials are receiving packages for delivery to some of the letter writers, and are urging Chicagoans to visit the station this week if they want to participate.</p><p>The Operation Santa station is open until Dec. 22 at the Main Post Office downtown. Letters are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.</p><p>Operation Santa has been operating since 1912, when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock allowed postal employees and citizens to respond to letters.</p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 08:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-read-santa-letters-help-grant-wishes-104309 Postal Service to close west suburban processing center http://www.wbez.org/story/postal-service-close-naperville-processing-center-96657 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-23/usps.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday plans to close several mail processing centers around Illinois. The closure of a facility in west suburban Naperville could cost about 500 jobs. The post office also wants to close six other sorting centers downstate.</p><p>Spokesman Mark Reynolds said electronic communication is hurting post office profits.</p><p>"People are finding other ways to communicate besides First Class Mail," Reynolds said. "That's not to say they're not using mail, and it's not to say that mail has lost its volume. But we recognize that the future's gonna look a lot different than what we've been used to."</p><p>Reynolds said the closures should not affect mail delivery times. He said the USPS is still deciding whether to close more than a dozen post office branches around Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/postal-service-close-naperville-processing-center-96657 Chicago post offices facing potential closures and service cuts http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-21/chicago-post-offices-facing-potential-closures-and-service-cuts-92256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-21/Post Office.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.usps.com/" target="_blank">U.S. Postal Service</a> clearly faced a severe cash flow problem - what wasn’t so clear was how to solve it. In an effort to reduce costs, more than 3,000 post offices have been considered for closure nationwide, including 14 in and around Chicago. But <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered how the public felt about the potential plans. To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> visited two of the post offices targeted for closure: the <a href="http://usps.whitepages.com/service/post_office/haymarket-postal-store-168-n-clinton-st-chicago-il-1366551" target="_blank">Haymarket </a>station at Clinton and Lake streets and the <a href="http://usps.whitepages.com/service/post_office/chinatown-postal-store-2345-s-wentworth-ave-ste-a-chicago-il-1357957" target="_blank">Chinatown</a> station.</p><p>Then, for more details from within the U.S. Postal Service, host Alison Cuddy was joined by Mark Reynolds, the Chicago District spokesperson for <a href="http://www.usps.com/" target="_blank">USPS</a>, and Mack Julion<strong>, </strong>president of the <a href="http://nalcbr11.org/" target="_blank">National Association of Letter Carriers’ Branch 11</a> in Chicago.</p><p><em>Music Button: Pablo Sanches feat. Colonel Red, "Release da Freak", from the CDX Nickodemus Presents: Turntables on the Hudson Vol. 8, (ESL)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-21/chicago-post-offices-facing-potential-closures-and-service-cuts-92256 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 9/3/11: The Great Flood http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/paper-machete-radio-magazine-9311-great-flood-91699 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/2011-09-03 Julia Sweeney photo by Erin Nekervis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-08/julia sweeney.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 294px; " title="Julia Sweeney brings down the house (Photo by Erin Nekervis)"></p><p>When it rains outside the Horseshoe, it rains inside the Horseshoe. But that didn't put a damper on things! We have&nbsp;Julia Sweeney ragging on strollers at the acquarium. Stephanie McCanles comments on reality television and the Emmy season. Bond Benton reports on pro-wrestling. Michael Patrick Thornton with Ed Flynn, a famous LA Storm Trooper, talks politics. Paper Thick Walls wails along with the storm.&nbsp;As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below. And a shoutout to&nbsp;Aadam Jacobs, who recorded the whole thing.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483711-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-03-PaperMacheteRadioMagazine.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Saturday, <em>The Paper Machete</em> takes on America, which is obviously falling apart at the seams. 9/11, the post office, pro-football, and the end of summer will all be discussed. People joining us; Megan Stielstra of <a href="http://2ndstory.com/">Second Story</a>; Benno Nelson from the <a href="http://thenewcolony.org/">New Colony Theatre</a>; writer and editor <a href="http://www.joelcreese.com/">Joel Reese</a>; comedian <a href="http://www.neilarsenty.com/">Neil Arsenty</a>, and <a href="http://www.sadbradsmith.com/">Sad Brad Smith</a>. With music from Chris Damiano. Be sure to be there, as Christopher Piatt will reveal his real talents!</div></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 16:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/paper-machete-radio-magazine-9311-great-flood-91699 Chicago residents react to potential post office closures http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-residents-react-potential-post-office-closures-89735 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-27/post office2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. Postal Service <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-07-26/your-post-office-closing-usps-studying-shuttering-3700-locations-89678">announced Tuesday</a> that it will be evaluating whether to close 14 Chicago-area post offices over the next few months&nbsp;because of a lack of revenue. More than 200 offices in Illinois are on a list that includes <a href="http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/statelist.htm">3,700 locations nationwide</a>. The majority of the Chicago offices slated for closure are on the South and West Sides of the city.</p><p>Tanny Terrell worked near the Haymarket Post Office in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, but recently lost her job in commercial real estate. She'll be looking for new work come next week. "Technology is pushing a lot of us out of work...but I think there's still enough old school that like to mail letters and have the personal touch that institutions like this, if it were to go away, it would be a shame," said Terrell.</p><p>Cathy Hodges lives on the South Side, but she has kept a P.O. Box at the Haymarket office near where she works for ten years. She said she doesn't trust her mailbox at home, which is outside, and so she comes to the office frequently. "I work in the legal profession, and we still mail everything," she said.</p><p>Post office spokesman Mark Reynolds said the threatened locations are all in low-traffic neighborhoods or have another office relatively nearby, but that it's too soon to tell how many jobs will be affected by the closings. He said USPS wasn't worried about crowding at the remaining locations, and is adding what they call "Village Post Offices" to grocery and convenience stores. Those locations will sell stamps and basic post office products.</p><p>"Crowding at other post offices would be a wonderful problem to have," said Reynolds. According to the USPS, 35% of its revenue is unrelated to the local post offices.</p></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-residents-react-potential-post-office-closures-89735 Illinoisans worry over possible postal closings http://www.wbez.org/story/illinoisans-worry-over-possible-postal-closings-89703 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-27/3928098266_6f15a70f3f.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some Illinois residents are worried about the&nbsp;potential closure of hundreds of postal offices in the state.</p><p>The financially-troubled Postal Service announced Tuesday that&nbsp;it's considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its retail outlets.&nbsp;It will study 3,653 local offices and branches for possible&nbsp;closing.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 200 offices in Illinois are on the list, including 14&nbsp;around the Chicago area.&nbsp;</p><p>Gloria Mallett lives in the city's Englewood neighborhood and&nbsp;relies on the postal office several times a month to mail bills.&nbsp;She tells The Chicago Tribune that a closure would leave her with&nbsp;no options.</p><p>The post office in the central Illinois community of Bartonville&nbsp;is on the list. Village Board member Leon Ricca tells the (Peoria)&nbsp;Journal Star that a closing would affect the local economy.</p></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinoisans-worry-over-possible-postal-closings-89703