On That UAW Endorsement....

The UAW's Region 4 claims it has endorsed Barack Obama... Barack Obama claims he has the endorsement of UAW Region 4... so even though Obama's say that the endorsement isn't formal, it doesn't really matter.

The endorsement carries the support of about 30,000 enthusiastic boots on the ground. They're concentrated mainly in industrial urban areas like Dubuque.

UAW's regions endorse separately, and Region 4 includes quite a number of Illinois members.