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Ravinia chief gets Oct. 19 court date

Welz Kauffman

Welz Kauffman

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Updated: September 26, 2012 6:06AM

Ravinia Festival’s president and CEO received a new court date in his pending DUI case following a Lake County court appearance Friday.

Welz Kauffman, 51, was arrested for drunk driving near his Highland Park home on June 7, according to court records.

He appeared Friday before Lake County Associate Judge Joseph Waldeck who set a new court date of Oct. 19.

Kauffman had a blood-alcohol level of .154, nearly twice the legal limit of .08, when he was arrested, police said. Kauffman called police after he had side-swiped another car near his residence.

He was driving south on Sheridan Road when he hit a vehicle that turned in front of him. Kauffman was freed from police custody on a personal recognizance bond.

Kauffman is still employed as Ravinia’s president and CEO, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Robert Krebs, Ravinia’s board chairman, previously said Ravinia Festival would support Kauffman and that he would continue to lead the Highland Park venue, which he has done since 2000.

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