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Since March, five times as many Illinois residents have filed for unemployment as those who asked for aid during the Great Recession. On Monday, two tech advocacy groups launched an initiative to get Illinoisans back to work. Named TechReady Illinois, the initiative offers residents discounted online courses in data and analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing and software engineering. It’s championed by the P33 tech advocacy group and Discovery Partners Institute, a division of the University of Illinois school system that promotes technical education. The two groups worked with the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, City Colleges of Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology to offer their regular courses for a fraction of their normal cost.