Springfield: no ethics conflict for consultantsSeptember 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Springfield officials have released a Massachusetts Ethics Commission opinion that there’s no conflict of interest for a casino consulting firm hired by the city.The opinion released Wednesday had been requested by the Chicago law firm Springfield hired to advise it as it chooses among potential casino projects to put before local voters. The firm, Shefsky & Froelich, lobbies in Illinois for MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming, who are proposing casinos in Springfield.The opinion said the firm disclosed its out-of-state work for those companies when it contracted with Springfield.On Tuesday, city officials agreed to slow their timetable for choosing a casino proposal, to give the state gaming commission time to prequalify bids.State law legalizing casino gambling allows up to three regional casinos, including one in western Massachusetts. The commission has final approval. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.