What about the University of Minnesota? Besides, if you have a job lined up after graduation, then a little bit of debt is no problem. Going to a prestigious school will help your family's firm, and you'll be around smart classmates with whom you have more in common. Definitely go to Wash U. In your situation, I'd probably try to get into NU and U of M, too. Would at least give you negotiating space for Wash U. You're good either way IMO.
Also, would you apply to Emory?
There's no way I'd go to the University of Minnesota. 1. My loyalty already lies with another Big Ten school 2. Have you ever been to Minnesota? The winters here in Illinois are freezing, Minnesota is 10 times worse. Honestly, Minnesota in the winter is one of the worst places that I've ever been in my life. ND could be an option, but not a strong one unless I receive a huge scholarship. One of my roomates was from the area and lived about 5 minutes from ND's campus. I went up there a few times with him and just wasn't impressed. Emory could be an option as I have family in ATL and the surrounding area. However, if I went to Emory without a scholarship, the trade off for extra prestigue would be lost. The majority of people around Central Illinois have not heard of Emory - I hadn't even heard of Emory until researching law schools so any chance of obtaining cliental based off of going to Emory would be lost. Also, why does my "thread" move up and down as I write? I'm currently writing this without having the luxury of looking at it because my bar on the right side is going psycho and moving this up and down really fast. It happens everytime I write a post on this forum and I can't figure out why.