SPRINGFIELD -- 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 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.