This is getting off point, but there is no such thing as a national/quasi national school. Once you get outside the elite schools, you have to do very well in law school to be considered for the top jobs. A T3 student may need to do better (top 10%) than a T1 student (top 25-33%) to compete for the same job, but going to a T1 school is not a ticket to big law. Perhaps UConn does really well in Boston. I'm assuming that it doesn't, since two-thirds of their students work in CT. Also note that 9 months after graduation the remaining third is employed in 20 different states. That may make them seem national, but Suffolk's grades are employed in 24 different states (although nearly 80% work in MA).
To use your Chicago example, I think it would be better to go to DePaul, Chicago-Kent, or Loyola if you want to work in Chicago, than it would be to go to Wisconsin or Indiana.
Saying that a T1 is national or quasi-national is something T1 kids do to make them feel better about not going to an elite school. Unless you get into one of those elite schools, you need to go to the region you want to practice in and find the best school that you can afford. Then you need to do really well. Otherwise you're going to be very disappointed after you sink nearly $150k into your education, to find out that there aren't that many high paying jobs for a just better than average [insert T1 school] student.