Oh okay carlsonjd, you redeemed yourself. I thought you were blasting the law school. UIUC is a very good law school with quality faculty. Champaign, you're right, doesn't seem to be a great place. The campus isn't that great.
But, for me, I've been in this urban suburbia outside D.C. for my whole life. Odds are, with the profession I've chosen, I'll be in a major urban center again soon enough. I lived at home while going to Maryland (College Park is kinda a psuedo-college town) so the idea of getting to a college town for a few years is fine by me. Burgh, with your experience at Penn State it may not be your thing.
But, I do believe that Illinois has a plan to bring themselves back well into the top-25 and this is their cycle to do it. See my post in the visits board about my experience on Friday. Oh, and since sometimes the people make the place, I want Burgh to know that Illinois' law students seemed like a really cool bunch of people.
Talk to some real-life Chicago lawyers about your choice Burgh; they'll have better insight than we will.