CHAMPAIGN — Illinois State Police and Champaign police issued 56 tickets at campus liquor establishments and on Campustown streets in Champaign over the last two weekends during two of their Operation Campus/Tap details.
Police issued 31 tickets during the late evening hours of Aug. 26 and early morning hours of Aug. 27 and another 25 tickets during the late evening hours of Sept. 1 and early morning hours of Sept. 2.
Overall, police issued 50 tickets for minors in possession of or buying alcohol, two tickets for unlawful use of identification, two tickets for bar employees failing to wear name tags, one ticket for the presence of a minor in a liquor establishment and one ticket for possession on public property or on business parking lots.
Tickets were issued at the following Champaign businesses:
— Kam's, 818 E. Daniel St.; 18 tickets.
— Red Lion, 211 E. Green St.; 12 tickets.
— It's Brothers, 613 E. Green St.; eight tickets.
— Clybourne, 706 S. Sixth St.; five tickets.
— Murphy's Pub, 604 E. Green St.; four tickets.
— White Horse Inn, 510 E. John St.; two tickets.
— Den Liquors, 608 S. Sixth St.; two tickets.
— Firehaus, 708 S. Sixth St.; one ticket.
State Trooper Tracy Lillard said the four other tickets were issued during a sweep of Campustown streets.
The purpose of Operation Campus/Tap is to reduce and deter underage drinking in Illinois. The program is paid for with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.