Ravinia President Gets New Court Date for DUI

Welz Kauffman received an Oct. 19 court date in his pending DUI case. He was arrested in June with a blood-alcohol level that was nearly twice the legal limit.

president and CEO Welz Kauffman received an Oct. 19 court date in his after appearing in Lake County court last Friday, according to the Lake County News Sun.

Kauffman, 51, was arrested in June when Highland Park Police responded to a car accident near the intersection of Roger Williams Avenue and Sheridan Road. He had a blood-alcohol level of .154, nearly twice the legal limit of .08, when he was arrested, The News Sun reports.

Kauffman will continue his role at Ravinia despite the arrest, according to a statement issued by the festival in June.

"For more than a decade the Ravinia Festival has flourished on and off stage under the leadership of Welz Kauffman, and we believe it is in our best interests for him to continue to lead the Festival," said Ravinia Board of Trustees Chairman Robert D. Krebs in a statement. "Both Welz and we recognize that he has an illness, and the Ravinia Family will support him as he works to overcome it."

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forest barbieri August 27, 2012 at 07:27 PM
While there is no doubt that we all have a drink here and there in social settings, most of us do not drive at 2X the legal limit. Recently (Sept 2011), the Mayor of Highwood was charged with a DUI within HP and now the President of Ravinia. Folks, if you are not concerned about your own safety, remember you are putting other people's lives, including our children at risk. You hold a responsible position. Let's act responsibly as we have enough idiot drivers that are not drunk out there!
gaen August 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
But the news coverage of the two teens is spotlighted almost every issue, as breaking news, with the shock of community asking how could something like this happen here? Really? Ditto Forest. Maybe kids on pot and burglarizing are result of community who gives its leaders also on wrist for their behavior. Yes, a car is a weapon when the driver is loaded with alcohol. And they get to keep their jobs...
gaen August 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
A slap on the wrist, I meant....after leaving all over country, this place seems to be worst we've lived for that. Drinking and driving here is dangerous and BIG issue...not an illness...its endangerment to public...l
gaen August 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
That's why I have yet to go to Ravinia, that kind of leadership, that and if you don't take train with all the drinking there, don't want to be on road...


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