News conference to address issues regarding “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day”

With “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” just around the corner, the University, along with the cities of Champaign and Urbana, will hold a news conference regarding the upcoming weekend of festivities.

The news conference will be on Tuesday, February 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the Champaign Police Department.

In previous years, “Unofficial” has resulted in large increases in the need for police and first response services.

This year, several agencies in the area have joined together to address safety concerns and enforcement activities. They will be discussing strategies for lessening the severity of risks associated with the event at the conference.

These agencies include the Champaign and Urbana Police Departments, Illinois State Police, the University’s Division of Public Safety and Office of Student Affairs, Community Elements and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

For more information, contact Rene Dunn at the Champaign Police Department at 403-6912.