Losing Their Post Office

By: Cara Restelli
By: Cara Restelli

Just weeks after the latest postal hike went into effect, some stateliners are getting more bad news regarding their mail.

But this time, they're fighting back.
If you're like most people, you probably only have to drive a few minutes to buy stamps or mail a package.

But the residents of one small Ogle County town could soon be forced to drive 15 minutes to a post office, that's if plans to close theirs go through.

But the inconvenience is only part of their concern. Welcome to Chana Illinois, population 150. You won't find a Wal-Mart or McDonalds in this small Ogle County town, but you will find a post office, something the residents are very proud of. This facility currently serves 307 rural homes in pine Rock Township, of which Chana is a part. But soon it could be closing its doors. A spokesperson for the United States Post Office says its safety concerns that prompted the proposal. The building is over 100 years old and asbestos has become a concern.

But Chana residents aren't convinced. Now, they're fighting the proposal. Over 500 people signed a petition in hopes of keeping what they call a part of their identity up and running.

If the post office does close down, mail delivery will continue to the more than 300 homes.

Also, Chana should be able to keep its own zip code.


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