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Museum Free Days Unchanged

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:48:50 CDT

A group of Illinois museums have failed in a bid to to reduce the number of free days they have to offer every year. The law currently requires 52 free days -- they wanted to cut that in half, to 26, but Illinois lawmakers rejected that proposal. State Representative Mary Flowers, a Chicago Democrat, says free days are the only way a lot of families get to see expensive museums:

"Already, with the 52 days, there are long lines. But when you get 26 days, there will be even longer lines, and fewer people will (be) able to enjoy the fruits of their endeavors."

The legislations would have applied to any museum or aquarium on park district property -- that includes major Chicago institutions such as the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum -- plus smaller museums around the state. Museums contend the free days deprive them of needed ticket revenue. Although the measure had passed with a bipartisan majority earlier this year ... Governor Pat Quinn vetoed it, and too few lawmakers voted to overrule him.

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