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The federal lawsuit Illinois joined charges the Postal Service with botching its review of a plan to buy as many as 165,000 new delivery trucks in an effort to modernize its fleet. The contract calls for just 10% of those trucks to be electric vehicles.

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A United States Postal Service employee works outside a post office in Wheeling, Ill., Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

Three separate lawsuits, filed by the states and environmental groups Thursday ask judges to order a more thorough environmental review before the Postal Service moves forward with the next-generation delivery vehicle program.

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Workers unload packages and letters from mail trucks at the United States Postal Service sorting and processing facility, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)

Postal workers who recall packages and letters piled up in distribution hubs are better prepared this time as they gear up for another pandemic crunch. But low product inventories, and port and supply chain disruptions are creating new uncertainty about getting gifts delivered.

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Ten people from the city and suburbs face the potential of decades behind bars after they allegedly used counterfeit U.S. Postal Service money orders to fraudulently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars from area banks.

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Residents of Chicago have been experiencing mail delays for months. Some of those delays are simply irritating, but others can be far more consequential. What’s going on at the U.S. Postal Service?

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In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, United Airlines employees work at ticket counters in Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to avoid criminal prosecution and settle civil charges of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service in the delivery of international mail. 

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Mail service has been sporadic at best in many parts of Chicago this holiday season. We visit two areas that have been hit hard to find out what’s going on, and what can be done to fix it.

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In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, a forklift operator loads absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections as preparations for the upcoming election are ongoing in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo / Gerry Broome, File)

U.S. Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans are voting by mail, raising the possibility of ballots being rejected because they arrive too late. 

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In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it’s best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day, which is Nov. 3.

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A pedestrian walks past a King County ballot drop box, closed until ballots are mailed about three weeks before the election, on a Seattle street Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

What’s the difference between absentee voting and mail voting? There really isn’t any difference. 

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In this May 5, 2020, file photo, absentee ballots to be counted are moved at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows postal districts are missing by wide margins the Postal Service's goals for on-time delivery, raising the possibility that scores of mailed ballots could miss deadlines for reaching local election offices.

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In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

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A file photo of a Chicago crime scene. (WTTW News)

A 24-year-old letter carrier was “shot multiple times while working” Thursday on the South Side around noon, the Chicago Police Department said in an incident release.

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In this April 2, 2020 file photo, a United States Postal Service worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Warren, Mich. I(AP Photo / Paul Sancya, File)

A group of states suing over service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service is asking a federal judge to immediately undo some of them, saying the integrity of the upcoming election is at stake.

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“They were asking for $25 billion,” said U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, who voted against $25 billion in funding for the Postal Service. “This goes on the proverbial credit card, no way to pay for it.”

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Tanya Lopez, activist and founder of Healthy Hood Chicago, speaks outside the Pilsen post office on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Outside the Cesar Chavez Pilsen Post Office on Saturday, activists demanded the resignation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and showed support for a House bill to reverse recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service as part of a nationwide day action.