|Rural Post Offices get Good News, Will Remain Open|
Several area postal service offices will remain open, according to a new report from the Postmaster General.
Officials revealed Wednesday a new plan to keep thousands of rural post offices open but with shorter hours.
General Patrick Donahue announced the agency is leaning away from closing 3,700 low-revenue post offices and instead planning to whittle down staff and maintain part-time post office presence in rural areas, with access to retail lobbies and post office boxes.
That’s good news for communities in Iroquois, Ford and parts of Kankakee counties. Several area towns, including Papineau, Iroquois, Thawville, Woodland and others hosted Town Hall meetings last year to protest the planned closings of rural facilities.
Residents of rural towns -- including many locally -- spoke loud and clear about plans to close their post offices, and the U.S. Postal Service listened.
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