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A county judge has vacated his default judgment against Evanston Alderman Robin Rue Simmons in a case in which a couple sued her for allegedly not finishing a home rehab project.

Last month Circuit Judge Thaddeus Machnik issued the default judgment for nearly $65,000 after Rue Simmons failed to appear in court.

But he vacated the judgment last week, the Chicago Tribune reports, after Rue Simmons hired a new attorney who filed a motion saying she hadn’t had time to respond to the default motion after her previous attorney withdrew from the case.

Her new attorney, Shawn Jones, says changes in the scope of work requested by the homeowners accounted for any delays or increased costs.

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Report: Alderman loses suit over rehab job (6/18/18)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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