Rosemont, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2002) -- "We'll get out of these challenging economic times together, not alone." That was the message from Gerald Roper, Chicago Chamber of Congress chief executive, to accountants here at the 22nd Annual Illinois CPA Society Business & Technology Solutions Show.

Discussing the challenges facing businesses amid a tough economic outlook, Roper noted, "You're all CPAs or work closely with CPAs -- you all know something about challenging times." The annual conference drew roughly 200 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees, with another 1,500 expected to register on site, according to ICPAS staff.

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