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271 ticketed during celebration Unofficial party

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign area authorities say they issued more than 270 tickets during last week's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the 271 orders to appear in court were issued during the festivities, most of them for underage drinking or public possession of alcohol. Nearly 30 people were taken to the hospital in ambulances and 15 people were taken to the county jail during the annual event that drew thousands of students for a day of drinking.

This year, the city limited bar hours during Friday's celebration as well as how much alcohol could be sold near campus. They also limited the entry age for people to get into bars, which they have done in previous years.

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