Oak Park (and River Forest too) are filled with outspoken people whose opinions are informed and therefore carry some weight. And lately, there has been a lot to weigh in on, so we asked four residents, all of whom have been profiled in Wednesday Journal in the past and whose opinions we respect, to give us their quick take on four issues that have occupied the cultural/political spotlight of late:

1) The debate about civility that followed the shootings in Tucson, Ariz.

2) The controversial film The Black Swan, one of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees

3) The General Assembly’s decision to increase the state income tax by 67 percent

4) The vote to abolish the death penalty in Illinois, which awaits the governor’s signature.

After reading what these movers and shakers have to say, feel free to give us your opinion — about their opinions.

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