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Durbin-sponsored legislation will keep mail processing center in Quincy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WGEM) - A provision in a Senate Appropriations bill sponsored by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin will keep the mail processing and distribution center in Quincy.

The Senate Appropriations Committee late Thursday passed the 2010 FSGG Appropriations bill, which includes a provision to halt the U.S. Postal Service's efforts to consolidate operations, which would close the mail processing and distribution center in Quincy. (Read "Postal customers, union concerned about mail processing study.)

Many local businesses were concerned over the possible closing, since the loss of the distribution center would mean higher costs for shipping to them. Jim Mentesti, President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation knew what losing the center would have meant for local businesses.

"We were on the verge of losing something which would have been damaging to buisnesses of all sizes and incredible harmful to local newspapers in the tri-states area," Mentesti said.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Postal Service conducted a survey to see if some mail processing and sorting services could be consolidated with the Springfield branch to help save money. Additional opposition to the study said that consolidation of the branches could cause delays in delivery of some mail such as pharmacy prescriptions, bank and business mailings.

"Towns across Illinois and across the nation can ill-afford to lose good paying jobs during the current economic downtown and Quincy is no exception," said Durbin in a news release.  "That is why I authored a provision in today's appropriations bill that would prevent the closing of the Postal Service's Quincy facility and the loss of nearly seventy jobs.  I look forward to working with the Postal Service to find a suitable, cost-saving alternative."

Durbin sent a letter June 4 to Postmaster General John E. Potter, requesting more information into the Postal Service's actions regarding the Quincy facility. The bill must still be approved by the Senate and House and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

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