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Three credit unions were among the national leaders in opening new credit card accounts in 2011 with colleges or universities with which they have card-issuing agreements, a new report says.

According to an annual report prepared for Congress by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and released last month, the leader among both credit union and non-credit union affinity card issuers was the 43,000-member, $276 million University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, which opened 3,452 new card accounts in its affinity program with the University of Illinois Alumni Association in 2011. 

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