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File #: 23-0553    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Amendment Status: Approved
File created: 10/19/2023 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 11/14/2023 Final action: 12/12/2023
Title: PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT OUTSIDE COUNSEL AND LEGAL FEES BE IT ORDAINED, by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board of Commissioners, that Title 1, Chapter 19, Section 1-19-1 - OUTSIDE COUNSEL AND LEGAL FEES, Sections E (1), (2), and (4) of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Code of Ordinances is hereby amended as Follows: Sec. 1-19-1 E. Fees, Expenses, and Rates 1. Fees and Expenses. Outside Counsel shall be paid reasonable fees and costs based on the type and nature of the case. Such fees and costs shall conform to the fees and costs authorized under this Section. Outside Counsel must pay for all expenses in advance unless otherwise expressly directed by the court or the Chief Attorney or Responsible Attorney. Reimbursement of expenses shall be requested as part of Outside Counsel's invoices. Expenses shall be reimbursed as follows: a. Photocopying. Reasonable photocopying at actual cost, not to exceed ten cents ($0.10) per page. b. Messenger s...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President)
Related files: 21-0270
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PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

OUTSIDE COUNSEL AND LEGAL FEES

BE IT ORDAINED, by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board of Commissioners, that Title 1, Chapter 19, Section 1-19-1 - OUTSIDE COUNSEL AND LEGAL FEES, Sections E (1), (2), and (4) of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Code of Ordinances is hereby amended as Follows:

Sec. 1-19-1

E. Fees, Expenses, and Rates

1. Fees and Expenses. Outside Counsel shall be paid reasonable fees and costs based on the type and nature of the case. Such fees and costs shall conform to the fees and costs authorized under this Section. Outside Counsel must pay for all expenses in advance unless otherwise expressly directed by the court or the Chief Attorney or Responsible Attorney. Reimbursement of expenses shall be requested as part of Outside Counsel's invoices. Expenses shall be reimbursed as follows:

a. Photocopying. Reasonable photocopying at actual cost, not to exceed ten cents ($0.10) per page.

b. Messenger service. The use of messengers when there is a genuine need for expedited delivery at actual charges of a third-party vendor or, when an in-house firm messenger is used, at actual cost (not at the paralegal or legal assistant billing rate).

c. Computerized research. Actual costs of reasonably necessary computerized research services.

dc. Experts. The reasonable fees of qualified consulting and testifying experts retained to provide opinions necessary to the defense or prosecution of the litigation, except that all expert fees must be pre-approved by the Chief Attorney if they are anticipated to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00).

ed. Travel. Air travel expenses must not exceed the highest fare coach rate for the flight. Mileage expenses shall be at the Internal Revenue Service deductible rates. Hotels, car rental companies and airlines offering moderate prices and discounted corporate rates shall be used. Outside Counsel shall reduce the hourly rate charged by fifty (50...

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