United States District Court
Northern District Of Illinois
LR54.1. Taxation of Costs
(a) Time to File. Within 30 days of the entry of a judgment allowing costs, the prevailing party
shall file a bill of costs with the clerk and serve a copy of the bill on each
adverse party. If the bill of costs is not filed within 30days, costs other
than those of the clerk, taxable pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1920, shall be deemed
waived. The court may, on motion filed within the time provided for the filing of
the bill of costs, extend the time for filing the bill.
(b) Transcript Costs. Subject to the provisions of Fed.R.Civ.P. 54(d), the expense of any prevailing
party in necessarily obtaining all or any part of a transcript for use in a
case, for purposes of a new trial, or amended findings, or for appeal shall be
taxable as costs against the adverse party. If in taxing costs the clerk finds
that a transcript or deposition was necessarily obtained, the costs of the
transcript or deposition shall not exceed the regular copy rate as established by the
Judicial Conference of the United States and in effect at the time the
transcript or deposition was filed unless some other rate was previously provided for
by order of court. Except as otherwise ordered by the court, only the cost of
the original of such transcript or deposition together with the cost of one copy
each where needed by counsel and, for depositions, the copy provided to the
court shall be allowed.
(c) Bond Premiums. If costs shall be awarded by the court to either or any party then the
reasonable premiums or expenses paid on all bonds or stipulations or other security
given by the party in that suit shall be taxed as part of the costs of that party.
(d) Fee of Special Master. After a master’s compensation and disbursements have been allowed by the court, the
prevailing party may pay such compensation and disbursements, and on payment the amount
thereof shall be a taxable cost against the unsuccessful party or parties.
Where, however, the court directs by order the parties against whom, or the
proportion in which such compensation and disbursements shall be charged, or the fund
or subject matter out of which they shall be paid, the party making the payment
to the master shall be entitled to tax such compensation and disbursements
only against such parties and in such proportions as the court has directed, and
to payment of such taxable cost only out of such fund or subject matter as the
court has directed.