Union leader Mack Julion and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush blamed Republican opposition, understaffing, and poor management for problems with local mail delivery during a virtual town hall Tuesday evening.
In Hyde Park and other South Side neighborhoods, some residents say mail delivery has been particularly erratic as of late. One resident told CBS 2 recently that he had not gotten his medical prescription in weeks; a woman posted on social media that her wedding rings had still not been delivered a few days before the ceremony.
Many of the complaints have centered on the Henry W. McGee Post Office, 4601 S. Cottage Grove Ave., which came under fire last year for similar issues. As the Herald reported at the time, Ald. Sophia King (4th) held a community meeting to address the problems — her office has said it is looking into the situation.
As the pandemic has dragged on, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has found itself facing a budgetary shortfall. This spring, the agency appealed to Congress for additional funding — at one point, it warned that it might run out of money by the early fall. The debate has largely broken down over partisan lines, however, with President Donald J. Trump calling the service “a joke,” and shooting down legislation in March that would have provided the agency with $13 billion. The agency was eventually given a $10 billion loan, which it has not yet accessed.