Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland steps to the mike during the announcement of his Supreme Court nomination. Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Thursday, March 17, 2016. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  • Weather: Another windy day, but with sunshine

It will be windy again Thursday, with a high of 51 and a low of 35, but sunny during the daytime though cloudy after sunset. [AccuWeather]

  • Obama nominates Chicago-area native for Supreme Court vacancy

President Obama nominated Skokie native Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death. Garland, whose grandparents came to Chicago from Russia in the early 20th century, grew up in Lincolnwood and is an alumnus of Niles West High School.  [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Who was the biggest loser Tuesday? Rahm Emanuel

Even though Chicago’s mayor wasn’t on the ballot Tuesday, the results of the various contests in Illinois suggest that Rahm Emanuel was the election’s biggest loser. Kim Foxx defeated incumbent Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, who’d been dogged by her failure to prosecute in a timely way the police officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald. Bernie Sanders has said he wouldn’t take the mayor’s endorsement even if offered, and Hillary Clinton kept her distance from a onetime ally and former presidential chief of staff. [Chicago Reader]

  • How the south side made BJ the Chicago Kid

BJ the Chicago Kid may have moved from Chicago to Los Angeles at age 19, but his hometown remains instrumental to his music, as demonstrated by his new album, In My Mind. The frequent collaborator with other Chicagoans including Kanye West and Chance the Rapper tells LA Weekly: “That’s what makes me who I am. There’s no BJ without Chicago. That’s home.” [LA Weekly]

  • A sign? Lightning struck the Trump Tower as the Illinois primary polls closed

An intense thunderstorm covered Chicago Tuesday evening. Around the time the polls closed for the Illinois primary, an Instagram user captured a video of lightning striking the Trump Tower. Donald Trump won the Republican primary in Illinois, but downtown voters went for Ohio governor John Kasich despite Trump’s looming presence. [Washington Post] [DNAinfo Chicago]