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CHICAGO — The state’s newly appointed credit union regulator, Robert Meza, a Chicago attorney, said Thursday payday lending and the role credit unions can play in serving those consumer needs will be among his priorities.

“I just went to a meeting where I heard some interesting statistics from the FDIC on financial institutions reaching out to the unbanked and so this is one area where I hope to work with the credit union community,” said Meza, appointed Feb. 4 by Gov. Rod Blagojevich as director of the Division of Financial Institutions.

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