Younger Rockfordians create a future from city’s hidden jewels

In early December 2007, Gloria Lundin went to Beloit, Wis., to visit Ken Hendricks. With her was a framed postcard of the Elks Club building in downtown Rockford.

It was a small gift, she remembers, but one with meaning. Her husband, Jon, had been hatching a plan with Hendricks to turn the dilapidated building into a banquet hall befitting its more august history. But Jon died unexpectedly the previous May, leaving the club’s fate in limbo. 

Less than a month later, Hendricks was dead.

It was the year the Rock River Valley lost two visionaries. Read more.