CHICAGO — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon plans to declare July 31 "The Onion Day" in Illinois to honor the satirical newspaper's decision to move its media operations from New York to Chicago.

The Onion consolidated its media operations in Chicago this month and recently broke ground on a new studio for digital video production. The Onion plans to move 100 employees to the new offices and studio in October.

Simon's office issued a news release Monday welcoming The Onion to Chicago. The release says The Onion is relocating to take advantage of an Illinois tax credit for web video, TV and film production — and the city's comedy scene.

Simon plans to play banjo and dedicate a new song to The Onion at a fund-raiser July 31 for the Better Government Association.

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