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.