Coming up on Hardball…


msnbc Political Analyst and New York Magazine National Affairs Editor John Heilemann writes that if there’s a path to the nomination for Santorum, it starts with winning tomorrow’s Illinois Primary. Heilemann and msnbc Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin are here to talk about the fight for Illinois.


Next up: To hear it from the GOP, the country’s in bad shape when it comes to gas prices. But Democrats say that under President Obama, oil production is up and consumption is down. We’ll get to the bottom of the debate with Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA).


Then: The 2012 candidates are quick to pile on President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy but slow to put out a strategy of their own. msnbc Political Analysts Chris Cillizza and Eugene Robinson will discuss.


Plus: msnbc Political Analyst David Corn is here to talk about his new book Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party.


Coming up on Hardball...