A proposal would let students at universities skip classes if the classes fall on religious holidays. That means if a Jewish student has an exam on one of the eight days of Hanukkah, he or she may skip it, but will have to make it up. But the proposal doesn't say how much advance notice students must give their instructors, and some lawmakers say the bill needs a specific time frame.
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State Rep. Sidney Mathias (R-Buffalo Grove), who is Jewish, says it's meant to be that way. “We can’t legislate every word of every bill,” Mathias says. “Sometimes common sense needs to prevail.” Mathias says he never felt discriminated against in college and neither does his son in law school, but he says the hole in the law must be plugged. If the proposal passes the House it will go to the governor.