Unofficial 2013

Unofficial 2013

Champaign mayor says 'Unofficial' was relatively calm

CHAMPAIGN — One day after "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" on the University of Illinois campus, Mayor Don Gerard said the infamous event this year was as benign as he could have hoped.

Groups use Unofficial as time to seek donations

CHAMPAIGN — Green Street is fertile ground for soliciting donations on Unofficial St. Patrick's Day, and the activity has almost become as much a part of the infamous holiday as the binge drinking that goes along with it.

"Every dollar counts" was the chant of a sorority looking to raise money for children's cancer research.

Updated: 17 people taken to jail in connection with Unofficial

Updated 9:40 p.m. Friday.

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois’ school colors may well have been green on white Friday as students celebrating Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day encountered snow on the ground.

Unofficial St. Pat's 2013

Images from the 2013 Unofficial St. Patrick's in Champaign-Urbana on Friday, March 1, 2013.

Police, UI emphasize safety in Unofficial preparations

CHAMPAIGN — Public safety representatives who have to deal with the fallout of Unofficial St. Patrick's Day on the University of Illinois campus want to emphasize safety and not the negative consequences of the annual drinking fest.

Gerard plans to issue emergency order for 'Unofficial'

CHAMPAIGN — Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Don Gerard said he plans on issuing an emergency order again for March 1 and 2 to moderate the flow of liquor on campus while University of Illinois students and their guests drink through the weekend.

The idea, he said, is to minimize house and apartment parties where there is the most potential for trouble.

Volunteers to distribute safety information on campus

CHAMPAIGN — Local police, community organizations and student volunteers are doing their best to teach university students about the dangers of alcohol abuse in advance of Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day on March 1.