Chicago University Custodian Named Finalist In National Contest
Rita Corona

Rita Corona has worked at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for 22 years. During that time, she has always gone above and beyond what was expected of her. Now, she’s in the running for a nationwide Janitor of the Year sponsored by Cintas Corporation, and an article on the UIC Today website is trying to drum up support.

Corona is the only finalist from a college campus — the other nine work at elementary schools.

Corona, who has spent most of her time at UIC working in University Hall, is known for helping staff, students and guests find their lost or stolen items. She also gives small, impromptu Spanish lessons in the halls.

Her favorite part about her time at UIC is being able to interact with and learn about others.

“I think that’s why I love my job so much, because of the people,” she said in the article.

In its fifth year, the Janitor of the Year Contest was created to draw attention to the everyday heroes that go above and beyond their job description to make schools a clean, healthy and fun learning environment.

The 2018 Janitor of the Year winner will be determined by the number of votes and will receive a $5,000 cash prize along with $5,000 in products and services for his or her school from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products – not to mention bragging rights. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to each of the remaining nine finalists.

Voting for the contest began March 19 and will end on April 20. The janitor with the most votes will win. Those interested in voting can do so once a day, every day, until the April 20 deadline here.