Champaign issues rules for Unofficial

Champaign issues rules for Unofficial

CHAMPAIGN - Mayor Don Gerard on Friday released rules that will be in place the night of March 2 into the morning of March 3, the expected dates of "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" on the University of Illinois campus.

The event draws hundreds to the campus for drinking parties.

Among other things, the rules restrict bar entry to those 21 and over, limit keg and other beer sales, prohibit special pricing by bars and require someone at the door of each campus bar to check identification.

Here is a 3-MB pdf file of the rules and the map of the area where they will apply.

More than 360 people were arrested during last year's event, just over a third of them UI students. Others issued notices to appear came from nearly every Big Ten university: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

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787 wrote on February 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

If Champaign officials *really* wanted to shut this down, they would...

But the revenue from all of those who are from out of town is simply too attractive to pass up.


So..... it is business as usual in Champaign.

thelowedown wrote on February 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Oh, but the government shouldn't be impeding business with all these regulations! OH MY! OH MY! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!

Sid Saltfork wrote on February 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Is there any way that the "out of towners" could be taxed?  What about an "admission tax" to the campus bars during the hours?  It would cut some of the cost for police overtime during the event; and the clean up costs after the event.  Anyone drunk and disorderly on the streets during the event should be subject to arrest even if pepper spray is needed for crowd control.  S.I.U. used to have a problem with Halloween partying.  It calmed down over time with controls in place.  Maybe, the U. of I. could increase the student activity fees to cover the damage, and clean up on campus?

sameeker wrote on February 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

Be it enacted by the peope:

1. No fees of any type shall be charged to pay for services such as police. fire or any other service already financed with tax dollars. Sometimes they have to work overtime. That is their job. Other events or funerals don't get charged for using police services.

2. It is recognized that the city does not like or want the event; therefore, all tax revenue collected during the event shall be donated to charity. The same shall also apply to any fines and fees collected from anyone even remotely associated with the event.

3. All business owners and students shall meet on March first and be allowed to decide on a freedom that the politicians and uptite people opposed to the students kicking up their heels must give up. The vote shall be binding. They may also impose a morality tax on such people if they choose to.

4. A spending holiday shall be in effect from May first to June first. No student, or business owner that caters to them, shall spend money or use any service within the city. All people attending graduation at the university shall stay outside the boundries of the city and buy necessary items in other communities.

5. Just for fun - All political contributions shall be taxed at a rate of 70% as a sin tax.

toomanydummies wrote on February 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

I think EVERY business owner that has been handed new rules that doesn't apply to the rest of the city should CLOSE down for the day.Then the kids will lock their doors and start sniffing draino or something that will cause brain damage,stay home and smoke more illegal drugs,play MORE drinking games,sexual assaults,drive to the next town to buy their alcohol.My have them "concentrated to a six block area","very few drive",everybody gets rich,just a handful of severe accidents....WHY would you want to disperse them???? They are STILL going to party,.All you will be doing is making the party WORSE,they WILL prove to you,the PARTY will go on!Leave it alone,If they "mess-up",throw the book! I will give you a clue....I know a few that has been stocking up on Kegs for a month and a half.They have eight ready to go right now.Atta boy! keep 'em out of the bars and back home on the funnel! Fight the "good fight!

toomanydummies wrote on February 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

OH, COUNTY MARKET  @ 4th& LUCKY dog you!!!

Please be stocked up to the brim on alcohol,you are within walking distance and you B Exempt,out of bounds,for the "new"alcohol limit rulZe! Don't worry,we abide by the posession rules by keeping our stock in several friends apartments until needed! Thanks!!!