Panel asks to delay selection process for casino operator

Sep 6, 2012 9:34 AM

The panel overseeing the state’s new casino gambling law has asked Springfield officials to delay the city’s selection process for a casino operator.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission chairman Stephen Crosby on Tuesday cited a possible conflict-of-interest involving a consultant hired by the city to help it choose between at least four potential casino developers.

Illinois records show the Chicago law firm of Shefsky & Froelich is a registered lobbyist in that state for two of the companies interested in Springfield, MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming.

The Republican newspaper of Springfield  reported that the five-member gaming commission planned to ask city officials to attend next week’s meeting of the panel in Boston.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno sent a letter to commissioners last week asking for guidance in the matter.