SPRINGFIELD - An inspection is sought by a local advocate, Michael T. Kogut who resists development of Springfield Casino, by the State Office of Inspector General. The prominent firm, Shefsky & Froelich of Chicago is chosen as the casino advisor by the city. It is also serving as a registered lobbyist in Illinois for MGM and Penn National Gaming which are also planning a casino in the south and north ends of the city respectively. This firm is also bonded with two developers who want a gaming license in the city.
In his written request, he has asked Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha to investigate about the impartial and intended role of this advisory firm for the city, which is offering paid services to these two gaming organizations. He has also sent a carbon copy of his application to the Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission - Stephen Crosby. This institute administers the location of casinos in Massachusetts.
Kogut further stated that he openly admits his opposition for a casino in Springfield and the same was revealed by his unproductive movement for Hampden County district lawyer in 2010. He also proposes to make an election query board which would collect money and insist on the electorate to discard a casino in the city.
However, Edward M. Pikula, the Solicitor of Springfield City is in favor of taking in the services of Shefsky & Froelich on the basis of employing the most excellent and worthwhile advisors similar to the casino companies. He further informed that the association of the advisory firm with Penn National and MGM was already made known prior to its appointment in Springfield.
In his written correspondence to John Lysak - the City Councilor, Pikula informed about debarring of the advocates working on behalf of Illinois operators in the range of Springfield City Compact and also exclusion of city lawyers from working on issues in Illinois.
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