Emergency rules announced for "Unofficial" in Champaign

Emergency rules announced for "Unofficial" in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Jerry Schweighart on Friday announced several emergency orders that will be in place for the “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” event UI students will hold on March 5.

Bars in the campus area must raise their minimum entry age from 19 to 21 during Unofficial, and they must also have a doorman aged 21 or older checking identification at the entrance.

Bars and liquor stores in the campus area will not be allowed to serve alcohol before 11 a.m. on March 5. Bars also may not serve pitchers or shots of undiluted alcohol, and all drinks must be served in a plastic or paper cup.

The mayor’s office will not issue any keg permits for private parties, making it illegal to possess more than one keg per residence.

The city will also require customers to sign an “adult responsibility form” upon the purchase of large quantities of alcohol. Those quantities include: 168 or more 12 ounce containers of beer or malt liquor, 24 or more one-liter bottles of hard liquor and one keg.

Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day is a daylong drinking event in which some University of Illinois students participate. Last year, Champaign police issued 351 citations on Unofficial, and spent more than $13,000 on police overtime, Champaign police Lt. Brad Yohnka said Friday.

More information coming in Sunday's News-Gazette.

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