On Saturday, two neighbor children were playing in the tree next-door to her house.
Ramirez-Sliwinski "came outside and told the children to quit playing in the tree like monkeys. The tree was not on Ramirez-Sliwinski's property," Carpentersville Police Commander Michael Kilbourne said.
Ramirez-Sliwinski admitted she used the word "monkeys," but said she did not intend racism. She said she was only trying to protect them from falling out of the tree.
"Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski said she saw the kids playing in the tree and didn't want them falling out of the tree and getting hurt. She said she calls her own grandchildren 'monkeys,' " Kilbourne said. The mother of one of the children did not see it that way, noting she and Ramirez-Sliwinski have clashed before.
If Ramirez was concerned about the safety of the children, why didn't she just say "quit playing in the tree before you fall and get hurt?" What does cautioning about "playing like monkeys" have to do with voicing concern for the safety of the kids? When she calls her own grandchildren "monkeys," ss she just voicing a caution about their safety?
If Ramirez was familiar enough with the kids to know they were two neighbor children, why didn't she just knock on the neighbor's door or phone her to alert the mother to her perceived danger to the children?
How did the mother of one of the children learn of the comment? Did she overhear it or did her kids complain to her about it?
How did the dispute escalate to the point of the police being called in to issue a ticket? What happened between the time of the mother becoming aware of the comment and the police being called?
What are the details of the prior history between the two women as alluded to in the article?
Was it her calling the kids "monkeys" that generated the issuance of the ticket or was it whatever happened between the two women in their dispute about it?
How did the issuance of the ticket escalate to a call from the Obama campaign and her being asked to resign as an Obama delegate? Was it someone on the campaign staff or a volunteer? How did the Obama campaign find out about it to get involved in it?