Don’t miss these top stories Thursday on BND.com:
▪ A federal investigation has been launched into East St. Louis Township finances in the wake of a News-Democrat report about its leaders’ spending.
According to the reports, Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton spent nearly $85,000 on a taxpayer credit card over the course of a year and a half.
▪ A trio of St. Clair County judges -- and their political opponents -- are eagerly awaiting the results of the Fourth Appellate Court.
On the line is whether the circuit judges -- John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien -- will be allowed to stay on the November ballot.
Belleville City Clerk Dallas Cook filed suit to throw the judges off the ballot after they announced their intention to retire, avoiding a retention vote and running instead in the general election.
In a retention election, judges must get at least 60 percent of the vote. In a general election, they can win with even one vote if they run unopposed.
▪ If you’re trying to get your Shakespeare fix, now is your chance.
The Shakespeare Festival in St. Louis is performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Forest Park.