Veto override fails, museums still free 52 days

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.

Republican Rep. Joe Sosnowski of 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.

Several lawmakers agreed with Quinn that children rely on the facilities to see history and science they can't get from books. Several said low-income families would be hit particularly hard.

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The bill is SB1200.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov .