Proposed Reforms to Ill. Litigation Fund

--Meals would be capped at $28 per day, mileage at 50 cents per mile. Reimbursement for hotel rooms would range from $60 to $140, depending on location. Only standard coach airline flights would be eligible for reimbursement.

--Creation of an independent, five-member panel of judges and lawyers to review and sign off on expenses deemed excessive or improper.

--Exceptions to the reimbursement guidelines would be weighed when requested.

--The proposed changes would be introduced by the Illinois General Assembly in January and, if passed, would not take effect until fiscal year 2009.

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