Wednesday September 5, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- 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 Com mission 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 Spring field, MGM Resorts Inter national 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.