Unofficial St. Patrick's Day

Unofficial St. Patrick's Day

Top of the Morning, March 6, 2017

Unofficial: the made-up drinking holiday that just never goes away.

On Friday morning, on my way out the door to work, I asked my wife why University of Illinois students need an excuse to drink more alcohol than they already do. It seems to me they have plenty of opportunities every night of the week.

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.

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.

UI ranked as fourth-best party school

URBANA — As rankings go, this is one top-20 list the University of Illinois is never eager to crack — from an administrator's viewpoint, anyway.

The UI's Urbana-Champaign campus is listed as the fourth-best "party school" in the country — up from 11th last year — in the latest rankings from The Princeton Review, the college testing service.

Unofficial totals: 310 tickets; 1 bad injury

CHAMPAIGN — After spending a week looking at reports, police have determined that 310 tickets were issued during last Friday's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.

The majority, 177 of those tickets, were issued for minors in possession of alcohol. Another 87 tickets went for public possession of alcohol.

Out-of-town student fell from balcony at Unofficial

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police now say there was at least one serious injury reported to them on Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.

Sgt. Jim Clark said a 21-year-old Naperville man who admitted he had been drinking fell from a balcony of an apartment building at 501 E. Healey St., C, and sustained a broken pelvis and broken bones on the left side of his face.