well, let's consult USNWR shall we? according to them, Kent's got the higher rank than Loyola albeit just the 'name' loyola supercedes kent's. but according to USN, DePaul's in the top 10 IP schools even though it's considered (by them) a T3. a cousin of mine went there and said that it was a very good school for the buck. if you live in chicago, i say go visit these 3 schools, get a feel for them all, and go from there. if you don't live in chicago, then i say get on the horn over the summer or try to make a trip there (if you don't work or have a flexible job).
i'm glad i made the trip to find out that northwestern was just NOT the place for me to be at, i don't care WHAT my numbers are. and from what i've been told by one of the attys i work for? when it comes to IP, what matters just a little more is being able to fit in IP and not so much as where you learned it at. a school's name can only carry you so far.
food for thought.