SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Museums and aquariums in Illinois will have to continue offering free admission 52 days a year.
The Illinois House failed Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a bill that would have cut that number in half.
The vote was 49-67, far short of the 71 "yes" votes needed.
The Democratic governor praised the vote. He says it's important for those of modest means to have access to the state's "world-class museums." Lawmakers agreed children get more from exhibits than books.
Republican Rep. Joe Sosnowski f Rockford says cutting mandatory free days to 26 a year would free up money for museums to do more programs and reach children through schools. School groups would still be able to attend for free.
The bill is HB1200.
Online: http://www.ilga.gov .