St. Louis is fairly competitive because you have SLU, Mizzou, and WUSTL all in the immediate area who are trying to place people in the area. Also, as you probably know, St. Louisians love St. Louis so there are also a fair amount of people who have left the area to go to school who want to come back to practice. It's pretty common to see locals who went off to T14s coming back.
That having been said, there are a lot of SLU alums in town so really like to hire their own. If you do well, you will be able to get a pretty good local job. I would say that your $60K threshold would be pretty easy to obtain unless your grades are bad.
I think what is important to remember is that your debt load will have a significant impact on where/what you can practice. It just may be impossible to live on $60K if you have $100K in debt in Chicago.
I took the test after practicing on the free LSAT in the registration booklet. I went to a commuter college while raising my daughter and was rather uninformed about this stuff until I found this website. I would prefer to stay in the midwest or south.
That's strange that even the top of Loyola's class has trouble finding jobs in Chicago. Is chicago a very competitive legal market? What about St. Louis or Dallas?